This week for our communion message I preached from the 53rd chapter of Isaiah’s prophecy. I consider this chapter to be the holy of holies of Old Testament prophecy regarding the Messiah’s sacrificial death on our behalf. We read in the 53rd chapter, “Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (v.4-6 KJV). I feel very unworthy to even try to preach on this remarkable text. To imagine God revealed the purpose of the Messiah to the prophet 700 years before the event is absolutely incredible. And yet this is the truth of God’s Word fulfilled in the ministry of Jesus Christ.For those of us who know Christ as our personal Savior, what an amazing Savior we have who laid down His life for our sins. What an astonishing thing predictive prophecy is, that God should choose to explain the reason for Jesus’ death 650 years before even his birth. In this chapter and the 22nd chapter of Psalms we see God’s plan unfolding centuries before these events took place. These two chapters in the Old Testament are some of the strongest proof that Jesus is who He claimed to be and that God keeps His Word. If you haven’t found Jesus in the Old Testament let me encourage you to read these two chapters and experience a fresh touch of God’s grace on your life. If you are familiar with these two chapters rejoice, that because Jesus paid it all, we have all of eternity to sit at Jesus’ feet and worship Him. What a truly remarkable Savior we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. Experience Him daily through spending time in His Word.
All for Christ,
Pastor Rich Sivo