GORDO CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
Who Is Jesus? – Part 2
continue to look at Who is Jesus we saw from what we read in Isaiah and in Luke
last Sunday that Jesus was not born into a prestigious family. Jesus apparently
was just an average man in most every way, at least in the eyes of most people.
God wanted to make sure the message that Jesus was sharing with those who would
listen and observe is what drew people to himself and to God the Father.
This week we
see the mission given Jesus was and how it was predicted most people would
react to it. Jesus primary mission was to take God’s message of repentance and
the opportunity of forgiveness to the Jewish people. Jesus told his disciples
In Matthew 10 verse5 not to go to the Gentiles or Samaritans but only to the
lost sheep of Israel. Jesus himself told a Canaanite woman that he was sent
only to the lost sheep of Israel in Matthew 15:24. So we see Jesus’ primary
mission during his ministry was to the Jewish people. Yet we see the prediction
in Isaiah 53:3 that Jesus would be despised and rejected by the people Jesus
sought to help find salvation and forgiveness. In spite of the rejection that
came his way, Jesus willingly took those sins, the suffering of the
self-righteous. As well as all the wounds we feel in life. Isaiah 53:4.
In spite of
all that, he would ultimately bring peace and healing to a world that is and
was in desperate need. I will not site all the examples but time and time again
the Jewish leaders challenged the message Jesus was sharing. One such example
is in Matthew 22 the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus about who to give money to.
Was it right to give money to the ungodly Romans by paying taxes? This was one
of countless ways the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus and make sure the average
Jewish person would not pay attention to him. The different examples that are throughout
the gospels clearly shows that most of the Jewish leadership did just what is
written of in Isaiah 53.
rejected, smitten, afflicted, crushed and ultimately pierced for our
transgressions, our sins. In spite of all the rejection Jesus never waivered from
is mission. In Isaiah 53: 6 we see it is predicted in spite of Jesus’ message
hope and salvation we would be like sheep that have gone astray/ Peter (in 1
Peter 2:23-25) quotes these verses when talking about what Jesus went through
for us. In spite of the willingness to take our place and all Jesus went
through for us, the insults, the rejection, our sinfulness, our willingness to
be like sheep that are lead astray Jesus took all of that because of his love
for each of us. The amazing thing that is also said in these verses we read
this morning is that all these things that happened to the Messiah would be
placed on him by God the Father. That seems to be shown to be true by what
Jesus cried out as he hung on the cross. In Matthew 27 verse 46 we see Jesus
saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” God the Father and God the
Son willing did all these things and had all these things happen just as
predicted in Isaiah to bring forgiveness and salvation to a world that often
times would and does reject God’s offer of grace. Let me repeat it again. All
these things that ultimately happened were predicted in Isaiah 700 years before
they happened exactly as predicted.
continue to look at what was foretold in Isaiah about how God would bring salvation
to all who will receive, we will continue to see how what was spoke of by
Isaiah happened. Next week we will see exactly to what lengths God was willing
to go to bring salvation to the world.
As we get
closer to Easter and the most life changing events that happened in the world,
may each one of us take time to search within ourselves to better understand
our own relationship with the Lord. It has been said before that each one of us
individually is responsible and accountable for what we believe and why we
believe it. Isaiah made it clear in spite of God’s attempt to bring salvation
to the world not everyone will accept it. Some will violently reject God’s hand
of mercy and forgiveness. God wants a deep personal relationship with each one
of us. I pray our look at who Jesus is will help us deepen that relationship.
As we see how trustworthy the world of God is and we are reminded that God went
through all we will ever go through and more because he loves us that much.