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His Grave Was Assigned

November 10, 2017


His Grave Was Assigned

The Old Testament contains  many prophecies  about the one and only  true Savior  from all sin.     God had those prophecies made  just for us.     Our LORD wants us  to be really,  really sure  that we are not being duped  into some sort  of fanatical scheme  when we decide  to put our trust  and faith  in Jesus.

All the prophecies made  were things  that a mere man  couldn’t ever have control over.     A dead man especially  has no control  over anything.     So,  a prophecy  about a dead man,  made approximately 700 years  before He died,  should set us  to thinking  about the power  and truth  of all  of God’s word  —  especially those words  that tell us  we are saved  by God’s grace,  through faith  in Jesus Christ.

            Isaiah 53:9 gives us  a prophecy  about Jesus’ death.     It says,

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.

When Jesus was crucified for us,  He was hung  between two criminals  —  wicked men.     Normally,  such criminals  would be buried  in a place  for criminals,  so Jesus was assigned  to a grave  with wicked men,  even though Jesus  never did anything wrong.

Then comes the big turn-around word,  “YET”.     In spite of the assigned grave  with wicked men,  Jesus was actually buried  in a rich man’s tomb  when He died.     That big turn-around happened  because of a special rich man.     Only God could arrange  for that 700 years  after saying  it would happen.     So,  we read in John 19:38,

And after these things  Joseph of Arimathea,  being a disciple  of Jesus,  but a secret one,  for fear  of the Jews,  asked Pilate  that he might take away  the body  of Jesus;  and Pilate  granted permission.     He came therefore,  and took away His body.

Joseph of Arimathea  was a secret believer  in Jesus,  because of his fear;  but,  God granted him  the courage  to actually approach Pilate  and ask permission  to bury Jesus.     And,  only the power  of God  could lead Pilate  to grant permission.     This was not  a normal procedure.

Just as God’s power worked  to carry out this prophecy,  God’s almighty power works  to carry out  His promises  to us.     God has promised  full forgiveness  and eternal life  to all  who believe  that we are saved  only through faith  in Jesus Christ.

That believing  gives us  the courage  to entrust our whole lives  to the promises of God  —  in whatever circumstances  we might be.     With Joseph of Arimathea,  let us stand strong  in the truth,  no matter what sorts  of odds  try to challenge  the truth.

As we keep looking  to the power  of God’s love  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     I know  that my Redeemer  lives!”



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

Pray for our country.

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

Psalm 118:24



The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30


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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1



How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4



Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13



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

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3


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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