365 Prophecies: Prophecy 261
The Messiah’s plan for the salvation of all men will prosper and be successful.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 53:10d 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.
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 17:1-5 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”
To those who witnessed the arrest, trial, and condemnation of Jesus Christ in dying on the Cross, His life must have appeared to be a tremendous failure. In the eternal realm, where the plan of Salvation was conceived before the foundation of the world, the course that Jesus followed, was determined from eternity. All that the Lord had planned for this great salvation was a complete success. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would prosper, and Jesus fulfilled this prophecy by completing all the work of the Messiah to the very letter.
The revelation that the Messiah would die was a hard truth to accept for the men who had been following Jesus for the past three and one half years. They had understandably grown very close to the Lord and had obviously fallen in love with Him. None of us would like to think that someone whom we love so much would be taken away from us by death. Those who have had a loved one die are familiar with the biting pain and inconsolable sorrow that is felt when someone who is our life is suddenly no longer with us.
When Jesus told the disciples that He was going to Jerusalem and while there He would be arrested and crucified, there was immediate opposition to His words.
Matthew 16:21-23 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 23 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Just prior to this statement by Jesus, Peter had declared that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus congratulated Him on hearing the voice of the Father who had spoken this truth to Peter by the Holy Spirit. At Jesus’ announcement that He is about to die, Peter is overwhelmed with emotion: Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You! The Lord informs Peter that his plans and thoughts are not those of the Father. God has a purpose for our lives, and our place is to accept whatever happens and be moved along by it without opposition.
In our life, there will be many times when we will not really understand the plans of God at a particular moment. As we suffer loss, hurt, abandonment, betrayal, sickness, financial stress, or terrible conflicts in our relationships, we will ask: “How is this your plan for me, Lord?” Often we may question whether God really loves us when He allows so much pain and suffering to flood our life.
When these moments arrive, as they must for all of us, we should think on Jesus and remind ourselves how much He suffered for us. Jesus resisted sin and temptation to the point where He sweat great drops of blood. See Prophecy 259 and the chapter The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ for greater understanding of this event.
We should look back to the cross—that moment when Jesus demonstrated in real, practical terms, how far the love of God will go in meeting our needs. The fact that Jesus was willing to leave heaven, live as a man, allow evil men to put Him to death—all to make our redemption possible, should remind us at all times, the fact that God does love us. For in that final day of Jesus’ life here on earth, He gave all that He had: His very life—to demonstrate to us once and for all that God really does love us.
Hebrews 12:2-4 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah’s plan for our salvation will prosper and be successful. Though Jesus’ crucifixion must have seemed, at that time, like a terrible failure; in reality, He accomplished a tremendous victory. Jesus’ death on the cross forever defeated sin and death and destroyed the works of the devil.
The Messiah’s future success
Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and defined when this plan of salvation will meet its ultimate fulfillment: At the return of Jesus for His church.
1 Corinthians 15:51-57 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Those who love the Lord and are waiting for Him, will be transformed immediately from their present mortal body, into an eternal, immortal body. Those who have died believing in Jesus as their Savior will be raised just ahead of the living believers—who will also rise to meet the Lord in the air, receiving eternal bodies. All of us together will meet the Lord in the outer atmosphere of the earth at The Rapture. Paul said that when we receive our eternal bodies—at that moment, all the plans of God through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross will be fulfilled. Death will be swallowed up and sin will no longer rule over our lives.
Difficulties will come
As you and I live out the final days of our life here on the earth, we must remember that Jesus told us that we would all experience tribulation or trouble in this world. He also said that we should be of good cheer because He has overcome this world.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
The plan of Salvation that Jesus fulfilled for us as our Messiah was successful and has prospered, just as Isaiah wrote in this 261st Old Testament Prophecy.