We have been re-invented and are heading towards a deeper meaning.
"Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him
like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing
in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering,
and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him,
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us
peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has
turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as
a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken
away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression
of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering
for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he
has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify
many, and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he
poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and
made intercession for the transgressors."
WHOA now! "That's Jesus all right, but you grabbed that from the New Testament, didn't you?"
Nope, I didn't. That's ISAIAH 53: 1-12 (NIV). I heard it referred to again recently and it seems ol'
Isaiah made this prophecy of Jesus about 700 years before Jesus was even born. Now to my friends
out there who wondering, the Jewish people had this prophecy in hand when Christ was crucified.
They knew what the evidence showed, yet He went to the cross anyway. We are no different in this
day than they were then. Yet, He HAD to go to the Cross. That story itself is a great miracle. I
encourage you to go HERE to read more.
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