A confusing aspect of Jesus’ sacrifice for many people is His submission to the Father as a servant. Although Jesus is spoken of as equal to God in every regard, when He came to earth as the Messiah, He set aside some of His rights as God to become the servant, whom Isaiah 53 describes.
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
At no time did Jesus ever cease to be God while He was here on earth in the form of a man. He did, however, choose to make Himself of no reputation and take the form of a servant for our benefit. This is stunning when we consider who Jesus has been prior to His appearance on earth as our Savior. The Bible describes Jesus as the second member of the Godhead who spoke the universe into existence (Colossians 1:16-17). He has no beginning; and He is the one to whom all glory, honor, power and dominion are ascribed to by the Bible.
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God’s choice for those who will lead others, does not depend on their outward appearance, education, or family background. The Lord chooses people for service based on their inner heart and their desire to do all that He requires. When we examine the prophecies of the Messiah, we find that God’s choosing of His servant to die for the sins of the world–had nothing to do with physical beauty. The Messiah will have no physical beauty that people will be attracted to Him. In fact, He will be greatly disfigured by the suffering of His crucifixion. It will be His character and personality that will attract and draw people to Him.
Isaiah 53:2b … He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
There are some who claim that Isaiah Chapter 53 is a description of the nation of Israel and was not intended for Jesus Christ.
In the Book of Acts, the Lord spoke to Philip and told him to take the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. While on this road, Philip met a man who was apparently there by divine appointment. Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, had a servant who was returning from Jerusalem where he had been worshipping the God of Israel. While on his return journey, he was reading from the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah. As Philip meets this servant of the queen of Ethiopia, he asks him if he understands what he is reading. Continue reading “God Does Not Choose–Based on Physical Appearance, He Looks at the Heart”
The idea that the King of kings would be born to a poor family in the most unlikely of towns, to a nation which had only a distant memory of glory, is unthinkable. Yet, these were the circumstances which God chose to announce the birth of His Son. The Messiah coming as a root out of dry ground is descriptive of the time in which Jesus came into the world. The former glory of David’s kingdom of princes and kings was now reduced to dry ground and beggars. Jesus comes from the root of David’s kingdom, but that glorious kingdom has long since faded.
Many Bible critics claim that the story of Jesus Christ is a contrived myth made up by men in the first century. What story teller who desired to make his account popular, would choose the background that the writers of the New Testament chose for Jesus Christ?
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It is a paradox of the Bible that the One who spoke the universe into existence would be willing to come to earth and lay down His life for us.
This character of Jesus as a servant sets Him apart from every other religious or spiritual leader. In Greek mythology, it is inconceivable that Zeus, Apollo, or any other Greek god would lower himself to be a servant of the beings they created. Jesus is described by the Bible as the Creator of all things; yet He came to earth and took the body of a man so that He could offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. The humiliation, the mental and physical torture and unimaginable horrors that Jesus experienced while completing the process of our salvation, is beyond comprehension. Continue reading “That God Would Die For Us”
Many people mistakenly assume by the present inaction of God to judge their sins that God’s love will not allow Him to condemn them to hell.
God is the embodiment of love. He is the reason that love exists at all. He is also a God of justice and He cannot permit sin to go unpunished forever (see Prophecy 208). The Lord has appointed a time in which He will judge every thought, word, and deed of all people. Those who have placed themselves under the saving power of Jesus sacrifice will be found not guilty. Those who stubbornly refuse to submit their lives to Jesus and rest their sins squarely on His sacrifice, will bear the penalty for those sins themselves.
To bow the knee is an absolute requirement
Since the cross, where Jesus made atonement for the sins of the whole world, the forgiveness of sin and a full pardon from God for all past wrongs is available to anyone who willingly comes to God. In order to receive His forgiveness—first, the knee must bow to Jesus as Lord, then an acknowledgement is made that He is the only Savior. Bowing of the knee and the heart are two necessary fundamentals of true repentance. God will accept nothing less than the absolute surrender of the life that He is going to save. The bowing of the knee is seen as the visual evidence that the heart has been humbled and is repentant and ready to submit to Jesus’ authority. Without repentance and a submission to Jesus as Savior and Lord, there can be no forgiveness of sin or eternal life. Continue reading “How, Why, and When: The Judgement of God (Past and Future)”
Why would the Creator of the universe–the One who made everything that exists; humble Himself and die for crimes which He did not commit?
Nearly 700 years before Jesus came into the world, the prophet Isaiah describes the Messiah as a Servant who would lay down His life for every person. Although He would be God Himself, for our benefit–Jesus submitted His life as the payment for all sin.
Isaiah 42:1 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.”
The certainty that Isaiah’s prophecy is applicable to Jesus as the Messiah, is confirmed by the words of Matthew in chapter 12:14-21. Here the Apostle confirms this fact by stating that what Jesus was doing at that specific moment—was a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 42:1.
Matthew 12:14-21 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Yet He warned them not to make Him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; And in His name Gentiles will trust.” Continue reading “The God Who Came to Serve”