Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Three prophesies of the Christ: Is 53:7-9

"He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence." (Isaiah 53:7-9)
Here are three specific prophesies of the Christ that were all fulfilled in Jesus.
  1. He did not open His mouth. As Jesus was arrested and placed on trial, He did not struggle against the Father's will for Him. He did not argue and try to plead His case, but He quietly accepted that which was the Father's will. "The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, 'Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?' But He kept silent and did not answer." (Mark 14:60-61) "Therefore when Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid; and he entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus, 'Where are You from?' But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to Him, 'You do not speak to me?' " (John 19:8-10)

  2. By judgment He was taken away. This scripture foretells that Jesus would be arrested, tried, and given the sentence of death. The Jews did not just take Jesus away and kill Him, but they took Him to trial and won a judgment against Him. He was judged even tough Pilate knew that He was innocent of the charges. "And he said to them the third time, "Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.'But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted." (Luke 23:22-24)

  3. He was with a rich man in His death. Jesus was crucified with two other common criminals, yet He was buried in the tomb of a rich man. "When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away." (Matthew 27:57-60) Joseph, a rich man, laid Jesus in His own tomb, just as prophesied.

One final though, all that Jesus endured and suffered, He did for us. His rejection, His punishment, and His death were what we deserved. We deserve eternal death and separation from God for our sins and transgressions, yet Jesus came and paid the price Himself. The righteous anger of God towards our sins Jesus took upon Himself that we might be reconciled and have peace with the Father. What we could not do, Jesus did and, in doing so, He set us free.

David Robison

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