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Who Has Believed Our Message?

August 19, 2017

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Who Has Believed Our Message?

We need  to always be remembering  how Jesus Christ suffered  to pay  for our sins — just as prophesied.      That’s the important phrase — just as prophesied.

Approximately 700 years  before Jesus walked this earth,  the prophet Isaiah  described His suffering  on our behalf.     Isaiah 53  is just one  of Isaiah’s many prophecies  that foretold God’s plan  of salvation  for us all.

As we meditate on it,  it would be good  to constantly remember  that this was written  about 700 years  before it happened.     Only God Almighty  could make all these details  come about  in the one man,  Jesus Christ.     Details about our Savior  were given  by many different prophets  and they all  were fulfilled  in the one man,  Jesus Christ.

These prophecies deserve  our full attention  and consideration.     After all,  we are on this earth  for a relatively short time,  and our salvation depends  on our paying attention  and looking into this further.

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message?     And to whom  has the arm  of the LORD  been revealed?     For He grew up  before Him  like a tender shoot,  and like a root  out of parched ground;  He has no stately form  or majesty  that we should look upon Him,  nor appearance  that we should be attracted  to Him.

He was despised  and forsaken of men,  a man of sorrows,  and acquainted  with grief;  and like one  from whom men hide their face,  He was despised,  and we did not esteem Him.

Surely our griefs  He Himself bore,  and our sorrows  He carried;  yet we ourselves  esteemed Him stricken,  smitten of God,  and afflicted.

But He was pierced through  for our transgressions,  He was crushed  for our iniquities;  the chastening  for our well-being  fell upon Him,  and by His scourging  we are healed.

All of us  like sheep  have gone astray,  each of us  has turned  to his own way;  but the LORD  has caused the iniquity  of us all  to fall  on Him.

He was oppressed  and He was afflicted,  yet He did not open His mouth;  like a lamb  that is led to slaughter,  and like a sheep  that is silent  before its shearers,  so He did not  open His mouth.

By oppression  and judgment  He was taken away;  and as for His generation,  who considered  that He was cut off  out of the land  of the living,  for the transgression  of my people  to whom the stroke  was due?

His grave was assigned  to be with wicked men,  yet with a rich man  in His death;  although He had done no violence,  nor was there any deceit  in His mouth.

But the LORD was pleased  to crush Him,  putting Him to grief;  if He would render Himself  as a guilt offering,  He will see His offspring,  He will prolong His days,  and the good pleasure  of the LORD  will prosper  in His hand.

As a result  of the anguish  of His soul,  He will see it  and be satisfied;  by His knowledge  the Righteous One,  My Servant,  will justify the many,  as He will bear  their iniquities.

Therefore,  I will allot Him  a portion  with the great,  and He will divide the booty  with the strong;  because He poured out Himself  to death,  and was numbered  with the transgressors;  yet He himself  bore the sin  of many,  and interceded  for the transgressors.

We cannot say what our tomorrow  will be exactly like  —  not even the rest  of our today.     But,  God already knows  our every day,  every thought,  every feeling.

Since God’s almighty  and eternal word  is obviously filled  with love  for absolutely everyone,  it sure seems  like trusting His Word  would be the wise thing  to do.

What do you think?     In all this world,  “Who has believed our message?”

As we see the power  of God’s prophetic word  and His love  for each and every one,  we will say,   “Hallelujah!      We are truly loved.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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