Written 700 years before Christ Jesus came down to earth and put on human flesh, Isaiah wrote the incredibly vivid words of Isaiah 53. In what some term, “the heart of the Bible,” the Prophet Isaiah describes in jaw-dropping detail – the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, foretold in the Old Testament. Jesus entered humanity at the perfect time in history…a time planned by a holy and sovereign God. Only God could live a perfect life on our behalf, and then die a death that we deserve…Only God could be the adequate substitute for our sins. At the risk of sounding redundant, Jesus made a way back to God that only He could make. A way for His creation to be redeemed and reconciled back to Himself. There is nothing more important that the Gospel!
And friends, this is not blind faith! God has provided evidence for Jesus’s Crucifixion and Resurrection…both in the Scriptures, and outside of the Scriptures. In the Bible, we have Jesus fulfilling more than 100 prophecies from Old Testament (click here), which would be statically impossible for a mere created being. In the New Testament we have James, Jesus’s 1/2 brother, and Paul, formerly Saul who persecuted Christians, both coming to faith after His Resurrection. Not to mention, the Apostles being martyred for their belief in the risen Jesus! As Sean McDowell says, “Liars make horrible martyrs!” For more, please watch the videos below under “Evidence for the Resurrection.” Let’s go outside of the Bible now for historical documentation. Scholars (both Christian and Skeptic) have found there to be approximately 17 sources acknowledging Jesus’s existence, crucifixion, empty tomb, and His being worshipped by a group called, Christians.
Ladies, God gave us His Word (Scripture) as a way to both know Him and hear Him. God, in His sovereignty, knew we would hear competing messages that would discredit His character, distort the Gospel, and attempt change Jesus’s identity. Getting into Scripture often is so, very important. Please take time to watch these videos, read Isaiah 53, as well as to test every message you hear alongside/against God’s Word. He is Risen indeed! His, Mer
Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces[f]
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 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,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes[h] an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.