Bible In One Year-Day 302 (Wednesday, October 29, 2014)
Commentary: Isaiah53-56. The most accurate prophecy given concerning Christ before He walked here on earth is that in chapter53. Jesus fulfilled every sentence in this chapter. The beauty of it is that since He fulfilled the verses, nothing can wrong the truth in it any longer. There are two things we need to look into in this chapter; God’s pleasure and Christ’s willingness. These two clauses can be found in two verses of the chapter; verses10 & 12. Verse 10 makes us to understand that;
- It pleased the Lord to bruise Him
- It please the Lord to subject Him to pain
- It pleased the Lord to make His soul a sin offering
- The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand
This means that it was God who gave Jesus out as a sin offering and not that He sinned to deserve the death of the cross. Verse9 says “He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.” This was the clarity of His innocence.
Verse 12, on the other hand made us to realize that;
- Christ willingly poured out His soul unto death.
- He released Himself to be regarded as a transgressor
- He carried the sin of the world, even though He knew no sin
- Yet, He interceded for the people while dying.
This reflects Christ’s willingness to sacrifice Himself for the freedom of man.
This is the expectation of God with respect to the Christians. He wanted our cooperation with Him to accomplish His redemption plan. Jesus had paid the price and made everything available for it, all He wanted is our willingness to cooperate with Him. This willingness is most desirable in forsaking sin and embracing His righteousness. It is also desirable in sacrificing our lives for others. It is desirable for us to be selfless and be poured out in unconditional love towards others just as Christ interceded for the people.
Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Our cooperation is what perfects the pleasure of the Lord.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah57-60. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries