After writing several books regarding the Messianic Prophecies which Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament scriptures, I am still amazed by those who assert that Jesus did not fulfill any of these predictions. One of the texts that is most profound in validating Jesus as the Messiah, is observed in the descriptions of the prophet Isaiah in chapters 52 and 53. This morning I was reading through these verses in The Living Bible and I was struck by their exact portrayal of the actual events that took place in Jesus’ life.
It is impossible to discount the fact that Isaiah wrote these texts more than 700 years before Jesus was born. In fact, all of the scholarly Rabbi’s in Israel attributed the text of Isaiah 53 to the Messiah up until the 12th century. It was at that time that a change occurred where these men began to assert that Isaiah was describing the nation of Israel, not the Messiah. This becomes tenuous when we consider that verse 8 describes the Servant dying for the sins of Israel. If we insert Israel into this verse we have Israel dying for the sins of Israel. This is further illustrated by the following verse (9) that would require Israel would be innocent of sin and therefor suffering unjustly.
Verse 8: “For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.”
Verse 9: “He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.But he was buried like a criminal …” Continue reading “The Death and Resurrection of the Messiah Predicted by the Old Testament”
Nearly 600 years before Jesus came into the world, the prophet Isaiah described a world in which very few would receive God’s Messiah.
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
The Apostle John confirms the words of Isaiah as Jesus is rejected by the leaders of Israel–despite the massive evidence of Jesus words and works.
John 12:37-43 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”
Today, millions of people have heard about Jesus Christ, who He claimed to be and what He has done—yet, they have not believed in Him. Continue reading “Difficult to Believe: That God Would Permit His Son to Die for Sinners”
Surprisingly, a person will give greater credibility to an instant expert of their own generation–rather than those who are the recorders of history itself.
Has God given us advanced notice for who the Messiah will be? Did He leave us with credible methods for determining the true identity of the “Prophet like Moses?”
It is possible that we might miss our opportunity for eternal life, by listening to those who feed us information–without our questioning whether this information is factually based? The best source for true knowledge about God and His Messiah, are the Hebrew scriptures themselves. The prophet Isaiah told us who the Messiah would be:
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAHWEH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ” Continue reading “How Culture and Tradition Can Deprive You of Eternal Life”
It is a fact that people stumble over Jesus, more than any other person in history. There can be a discussion about the Dali Lama, Buddha, or Krishna, and people will be able to calmly exchange ideas and opinions without a conflict arising. Let a person speak the name of Jesus Christ, and the assembly will immediately turn silent: Some will walk away, others will become indignant..
Why is the name and the person of Jesus Christ so inflammatory?
John 7:7 (Jesus speaking) The world …hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. Continue reading “Why Jesus is Hated by the World and Rejected by Israel”