365 Prophecies: Prophecy 269
The purpose of the Messiah is to “bear the sins of many.”
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 53:12d Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
New Testament Fulfillment:
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The theme of the Messiah, bearing the sins of many, is recurrent throughout a large portion of the Old Testament. The fact that the Holy Spirit repeatedly makes this declaration in the prophecies of the Messiah makes it certain that the Lord desires that we understand He has sent His Son to die for each one of us.
When God says something once, we should sit up and take notice. When He repeats a principle a second time, we should rise up and begin to study why. If there should be numerous occasions when the Lord declares a point to us, it should become for us an anthem.
You will notice that throughout the study of these 365 Prophecies, specific principles are repeated. This is by design, as the Lord is seeking to remind us of certain important points that pertain to our salvation.
2 Peter 1:15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things…
It seems that the purpose of this repetition of the Messiah as the “sin bearer” is to balance the constant and often overlooked fact of man’s total depravity. In this modern society where it is politically incorrect to call someone a “sinner,” the church has become ineffective at conveying the message of repentance for salvation.
There is no salvation without repentance. There is no eternal life without first the death of pride and self. There is no reward for the life that we live for the Lord if there is not first a foundation of utter helplessness and dependance on the complete work of Jesus’ cross.
Jesus did not die to save “good people.” He died to save sinners. If a person sincerely believes that he is basically a good person and that Jesus could greatly improve his goodness, they have missed the point of Jesus death. If it were possible for God to somehow make good people better by teaching them the practice of righteousness, then it would not have been necessary for Jesus to die.
The fact that God required the death of His Son by the most horrific means possible is evidence that He views our sins as fatal, with no hope of removal by our own personal efforts. Jesus was made sin for us, despite the fact that He had never personally experienced sin Himself. Imagine the Holy and impeccable character of God, being polluted by all the filthy and vile acts of every human being.
Some people do not consider themselves a sinner
Are there some of us who are “good people” and worthy of eternal life? According to the human definition of good, there are many fine people who live amongst us. They make great sacrifices of their lives to give excellent things to others. They are kind, considerate, thoughtful, and generous.
What is at issue in regards to the term goodness is what God considers good. According to the one who created us, the presence of even one sin means that a person is imperfect; therefore, this person is not capable of true goodness. Since all human beings are incapable of perfection, none of us is truly good.
Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one…”
Romans 3:12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.
Jesus defined God as the only one who is truly Good.
Matthew 19:17 …No one is good but One, that is, God…
A person may do many wonderful and magnanimous works, but the likelihood that he will, at some point, fail to be good is a certainty. Even the best people have moments of pride, unjust anger, selfishness, and lust. In order to be good, these things must never be present in our life.
The purpose for Jesus’ coming to earth was to remove our sins and make it possible, upon our new life in heaven, that we will never sin again. At that time, we will be perfect and fit the true definition of goodness.
This is the topic of this 269th prophecy of the Messiah from Isaiah 53:12d: The Messiah will bear the sins of many.
When Jesus died, He took all sins, from Adam’s first, to our last. Jesus did not die only for the sins you have committed up to the point that you received Him as your Savior; He died for every sin that you will ever commit. The purpose of Jesus’ death on the Cross was to die for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This includes everyone who will never receive Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins, even those who will continue to hate, blaspheme, ridicule and defy Him their entire life. Jesus will continue to love the worst of sinners and seek to draw them to Himself, until their final breath.
It is a great mystery why God would allow His Son to die for those who will never receive Him. Most of the world will refuse to believe in Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins and be saved. This means that a majority of the suffering that Jesus endured while dying for the sins of the world will never be properly appropriated. Jesus suffered unimaginable pain and distress for people who will never even thank Him.
This fact alone declares how great the Love of God is. The only possible purpose for Jesus dying for those who would never believe—could be for no other reason other than to display God’s great love before all creation. The fact that people will not receive what Jesus has done in such a great sacrifice, even failing to thank Him for what He has done, is a testament to the reprobate condition of mankind.
It is not the fault of God that anyone is lost and makes their descent into the eternal Lake of Fire. It is the fault of those who refuse to believe, and are lost. God has been fully vindicated and stands forever as Righteous and Holy, by the immense sacrifice Jesus has made.
At the Garden of Gethsemane, we see that God had determined that there would be only one way in which He would receive a sinner and grant him forgiveness of his sins. Jesus asked the Father if there was any other way to save us; the answer came swiftly, and Jesus stepped forward and accomplished this one way that God had determined.
Matthew 26:36-39 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
“Father, if there is any other way that You can forgive their sins and redeem all people, then take this horrible cup of sin from Me…”
Jesus had looked into the cup of all sins and saw how horrible they were. He understood that in a few hours, He was going to be made sin by the sins of the world. Let us not miss the importance of this fact—Jesus became sin for us. The literal definition of this term means that all the acts of horror, degradation, cruelty, murder, rape, incest, butchery, mayhem, and debauchery, became Jesus’ sins. In order for Jesus to pay the penalty for all of our sins, He had to take them all upon Himself. Consider the terrible things done to children by evil men. Consider the horrible acts committed by Hitler and every other evil person on the earth. These unimaginable abominations became Jesus’ sins.
The fact is that the Father did not give Jesus any other plan for the salvation of human beings. The fact is that there is no other person in the history of mankind who has perfectly fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah, other than Jesus. These absolutes should bring us to a firm understanding that God has chosen one way to heaven—by one man—Jesus Christ, through the sacrifice He made for all sins on the Cross.
One way to heaven?
Someone may object to the fact that the Bible and Christians dogmatically teach that there is just one way to heaven, but this objection is irrelevant.
There is no other way, because there was no other person other than the Son of God who could take away the sins of the world. God chose Jesus because He was the only one qualified to do the great work of salvation, and He was willing to do it. Only the eternal value that is in Jesus Christ as the Creator of all things was costly enough to pay the great price for the salvation of all people. Only Jesus lived a perfect life as a human being, and never sinned. Only Jesus had the power to lay down His life for all people, and then take it back again in resurrection three days later. No man took Jesus’ life from Him; He willingly laid it down for all of us. This is why Jesus is the Only way to Heaven.
John 10:17-18 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
Jesus laid His life down willingly and gave it up for us, as He fulfilled this 269th Prophecy: He bore the sins of many.