Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
As we are in the middle of Lent, a time of reflection, repentance, and preparation for Easter, I thought I’d spend some time going through Isaiah chapter 53, one of the most profound, beautiful prophecies of our Lord and Savior. It was written some 700 years before the birth of Christ. Granted, it’s among many prophesies of the coming Messiah in the Old Testament. But the detail poured into this chapter about what Christ endured in our place is awesome.
In today’s verse, we are presented with a question. Or really – two questions? I think the two questions go hand in hand. When we believe in Christ the Messiah with our heart, and profess with our mouth, “He is Lord”, he is revealed to us. And really, he’s made himself plain to us, so that we CAN believe. Incredible! But it reminds me of the verse in Isaiah 6:
He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
While salvation is not something we can obtain by any means but Christ alone, it’s not exclusive to just a certain section of people. God sent his son to die for all of our sins, for everyone one of us. But we do have the option to decline his gift – that is what free will is. That is what makes this gift so wonderful! We are given the choice to freely love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and strength. Or to choose our own way, which will ultimately lead to death….. I pray you consider with all your heart the question presented in verse one of Isaiah 53. I pray your answer is “I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE! PRAISE THE LORD! I BELIEVE!!!”
Here is some context from the tail of Isaiah 52, that leads beautifully into the verses I will discuss over the next few days. May God bless you abundantly today!
See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him — his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness — so will he sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.