Why Did He Do It?*

Prophecy has always been hard for me to wrap my head around, especially end-times writings.  That being said, the book of Isaiah has always fascinated me.  The book was written around 700 years before the birth of Christ but very clearly points the way to the coming Messiah as well as the events surrounding his death & resurrection.

Let us consider Isaiah 53 (NKJV)

1Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

 Verses 1- 3 illustrate how Jesus was perceived by those around Him.

  1. He was not unusually handsome
    1. Outward appearance does not matter to God
  2. He was despised and rejected by those whom he had come to save
    1. Remember this when you are treated badly by others because of your faith

Next (vs.4-6) we see how Christ was wounded for our transgressions & bruised for our iniquities.  Despite that fact that we turn our backs on Him like lost sheep, He still chose to undergo a beating that left “stripes” of bleeding flesh hanging from His back.

As a person who often speaks before I think, the next section is hard for me to imagine.  In verses 7-9 we see Christ, doing as He is told to do by the “authorities” without so much as one word from His lips.  My take-away from these verses is that we MUST SUBMIT to our local authority unless God clearly tells us to do otherwise.  There are times like these when our actions speak louder than any words we could utter.

In the closing verses of this chapter (vs 10-12) brings the point home that Christ did EVERYTHING for you & me.

He had to die in order to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins; otherwise, we could never stand before a Holy God on judgment day and be received into His eternal presence.  Christ’s sacrifice paid the price for every sin of every person who ever lived on this earth.

No matter what you have done to get you to this point,   Jesus loves you!  There is nothing that you can do to earn His love  or to be “good enough.”  All you have to do is open your heart and receive Him.

My partner and I are here to help you take that next step.

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*Message at McHenry County Jail on Sunday, Cotober 6, 2019

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