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March 19, 2023

Who Is Jesus? – Part 4

Isaiah 53:10-12

We are going to finish our look at what Isaiah was led to tell the

Jewish people in Chapter 53. We are looking at verse 10 again

this Sunday. This time looking at the last part of verse 10. We

read, “He will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the

will of the Lord will prosper his hand.” How can this verse be

talking about Jesus? Jesus was never married so how can it be

about him when it says he will see his offspring? In Acts 17:27-

28 we read, “God did this so that men would seek him and

perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far

from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our

being. As some of your own poets have said, we are his

offspring.” So we see after Jesus went back to be with God the

Father Paul is making the case that we are his offspring by what

God did for us through Jesus. Verse 11 lets everyone know after

the suffering of his soul he will see the light of life and that

through the Savior’s righteousness many will be justified and he

will have bore their iniquities. Why has this happened? Verse

12 says he will have poured out his life unto death. He will take

the transgressions of the people upon himself. Taking their sins

and is interceding on the people’s behalf.

Now let us see what the New Testament says about these

things that we have read in verse 11 and 12. In 1 Corinthians

15:3-4 we read, “I passed onto you of first importance that

Christ died for our sins according to scriptures, that he was

buried, that he was raised on the third day.” Then we read in

Romans 5:9, “For just as through the disobedience of the one

man the many were made sinners, so also through the

obedience of the one the many will be made righteous.” In

Philippians 2:8 we read, “And being found in appearance as a

man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even

death on a cross.” Why was Jesus willing to do this? Jesus knew

his mission.

In Luke 22:37 he quotes verse 12 of Isaiah 53when he tells his

disciples, “It is written: And he was numbered with the

transgressors and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes

what is written about me is reaching it’s fulfillment.” Jesus

being God fully understood what had been told to Isaiah 700

years earlier. That his mission was to die for the transgressions

of God’s creation. Jesus also knew that that was not the end of

his job. The last part of Isaiah 53:12 says, “For he bore the sin of

many and made intersession for the transgressors.” Going back

to the New Testament we read what is said in Hebrews 7:25 we

read, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come

to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for

them. Did you notice what was said in verse 25? It says Jesus

lives to intercede for them. In other words Jesus is alive

interceding, pleading the case for you and me with God the

Father. Death did not stop him. He is alive.

Beginning next week, we will look in detail at what Jesus

willingly went through for us. We will see some of the highs and

lows of Jesus’ final weeks before his appointment with the

cross and the grave. Chapter 53 of Isaiah foretold to the

Israelites that help was on the way. We now know that the

Savior was not to be someone who would rule over earthly

kingdoms as the Israelites wanted. As Jesus told Pilate in John

18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Victory is on the way.

Not a victory that is one nation over another. Instead, victory

that is for eternity in God’s eternal kingdom.

As we have seen over the last four weeks everything God

inspired Isaiah to tell His people would and did come true. The

Savior will come to bring victory to all of God’s people. What

has always been essential is that every person must come to

the place of accepting God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness.

What is also essential is to realize we have all sinned and have

need of a Savior. As we have seen matching Isaiah with the

New Testament accounts, Jesus is that Savior. May we embrace

God’s grace this Easter season with a new sense of love and

thankfulness for God is good.

Pastor Larry

Tuesdays 9:30 Bible Study

March 28 12:00 Women’s Fellowship luncheon at East End Grill (airport). Let Carol know if you are coming and if you want to carpool (meet at 11:30 at church).

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