Verse of the Week
“But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” [Isaiah 53:5]
The Main Idea
We are going to see in this passage a prophecy of Jesus. One of over 300 plus prophecies directly related to Jesus. Think about this prophecy in conjunction with all of the other prophecies of Jesus and let’s look at three things we can learn.
Point 1 - The Evidence of Truth
This passage is one of 300 plus prophecies in scripture that are directly related to Jesus and fulfilled by Jesus. This passage was written some 700 years before and tells us he was despised and rejected, which he was. It depicts the savior to come and says He was pierced for our transgressions, it says that our punishment was brought on him and we are healed by his wounds. There are more than 20 prophecies that are fulfilled in Jesus' life in one day alone. When we see the whole story and we see all of these prophecies fulfilled it is undeniable evidence of the truth. These prophecies are part of why we can know the truth of God in his nature as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They can’t be coincidence. The odds of these prophecies randomly happening in one person is 1 in 10 to the 157th power. That’s 1 with 157 zeros after it. The probability of one man fulfilling only 8 of these prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That is 100,000,000,000,000,000. Let’s put that into perspective a little bit. You have a 1 in 15,300 chance of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime if your lifetime is 80 years. All of these 300 plus prophecies being completely fulfilled in one person is so daunting and absolute that there is no doubt in who Jesus is.
Point 2 - The Implications of Truth
What we see in this passage and many others is much more than just did Jesus exist but the question that we all at some point and maybe some of us now struggle with. Is Jesus really God? That’s the question. Most historians agree that Jesus was a real person in history. What we see in this prophecy that He fulfilled on the cross is that Jesus is God. Jesus just being a person in history really has no implication on our lives. But if Jesus really is equally man and God, that changes things. If he really is our Lord and savior and if he really died for everyone’s sins, rose from the dead on the third day, and sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven making intercession for those who have faith in Him, then this has very real implications for our lives. Once we see that this is true, there are only two options: submit to Jesus as Lord, or live in rebellion against God. We don’t just get our lives in order, we submit to Jesus as Lord. We must submit our lives to Him and allow His truth, the truth of scripture to begin to shape every area of our lives. Once we know this truth we begin to submit and the Lord begins to change who we are and sanctify (grow) us.
Point 3 - Responsibility for Truth
Once we see the truth, we become responsible for the truth. As the Spirit of God begins to take root in our life and begins to sanctify us, we grow in understanding the need to live out this truth and share this truth. We grow in our responsibility to live out the truth in our lives by modeling the things of God for our family, friends, and others. We also begin to grow in our responsibility to share the truth with others. We understand more and more that all humans apart from Jesus Christ are damned and separated from God because of sinful human nature and have no hope apart from Christ. We understand more and more the sufficiency of Christ to save. As Christians, we have a responsibility to live and share the truth of Jesus (the Gospel - which means the “Good News”). We know and believe at Connection that saved people live sent. Once we receive the Gospel we are responsible to live and share the Gospel.
How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you?
What has God shown you through this story?
What questions does this story raise for you?
What does understanding who Jesus is mean for you? Whether you understand who He is for the first time tonight or if you have been stagnant in your faith, what does this reminder of who Jesus is mean for you?
Have you ever truly heard the evidence and truth of who Jesus is and come to faith in Him as your Lord and Savior?
If you truly believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior are you living out and sharing this truth? If not, what is your next step of faith?