false view of the Messiah
was doing a verse by verse study of a book in the Bible but the Lord directed
me to stop temporary on this segment in the Bible and do a verse by verse
commentary on Isaiah chapter 53. I just decided to read the entire chapter in a
general way and was struck by how many times this chapter uses the word grief.
Let me quote the first three verses so we can get a feel for what God is trying
to portray to us as His children.
"WHO hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord
revealed? (2) For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root
out of a dry ground, He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him,
there is no beauty that we should desire Him. (3) He is despised and rejected
of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our
faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not." Isaiah 53: 1 -
we read Isaiah 53:1 this sounds quite similar to what the apostle Paul said in
the New Testament. "But they have not all obeyed the gospel." For I -
sa'iah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?" Romans 10:16.
in chapter 52 at the end of the chapter did foresee and then wrote the kind of
redemption which the gospel of Jesus Christ should be found among the Gentiles
but also contrasts this with the wonder of unbelief among the Jewish people.
They had previous notices of the coming of the Messiah but the mystery of the
Jews in general not recognizing their true Messiah is referred to as blindness
in Romans chapter 11.
was contempt they put on the gospel of Jesus Christ but during the suffering of
the Son of God on earth it was almost everyone. One moment they were His friend
following Him everywhere He went then the next moment they wanted Jesus Christ
to go through much pain.
10:16 says the apostles had little success with Jews and Gentiles. This is a
prophecy from Isaiah 53:1. Few believed the prophets that spoke of this coming
reality before Jesus Christ was born on this earth.
the Son of God revealed Himself the rulers or Pharisees refused to follow Jesus
Christ. Common people tended to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ but in
comparison to the population very few became true disciples of the Son of God.
today believe in Jesus Christ but few continually and cordially embrace and
submit to the presence and power of the gospel. The Bible is only effective in
our lives if we believe and respect the divine power that authored the word of
God. The Holy Spirit makes the words effectual only if we have an obedient
heart to Jesus Christ. This is a disciple and that is what God is looking for
in our lives. If one rebels against the Light of the word of God this person
forfeits the grace of God.
general terms verses two and three describe the contempt they put on the Person
of Jesus Christ. The Son of God submitted Himself to this abuse and emptied His
soul because this is how much He loves us as human beings. The Jewish people
had this idea that the true Messiah would be a political hero. This will happen
at the start of the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ but this has not
arrived yet which will happen after the seven year tribulation period. If they
read Isaiah chapter 53 they would have understood that the Son of God had to
suffer first and then die on a cross for our sins. They were looking at the
line of David but forgot about the line of Joseph. One suffered (Joseph) and
one reigned (David). Jesus Christ will do both because He is the true Messiah.
verse two says by His being a root out of dry ground meant that in Galilee
(desert ground) it was dry and Jesus Christ was raised under a humble
carpenter. People in that day did not really believe anything good could come
out of that land. Jesus Christ grew up before God not before man. We do not
even know how Jesus grew up because the Bible says, "And should sheep, and
rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not
how." Mark 4:27.
latter part of Isaiah 53:2 basically says that the face of Jesus Christ was not
especially good looking. The face of Moses was not that good looking because
Acts 7:20 and Hebrews 11:23 comes right out and says this reality. On the other
hand David had a beautiful countenance according to 1 Sam. 16:12 because he
represented the ruling and reigning aspect of Jesus Christ. Do you see why we
have to rightly discern the word of God?
Jesus Christ preached He did not teach with enticing words of the wisdom of
man. He taught very plain with pure heavenly truths but applied it to our lives
today. The people of that day were expecting the true Messiah to live a very
pleasant life but Jesus had no interest in this lifestyle. The Son of God came
to serve but with the spirit of sorrow and grief. In fact His very condition in
many respects was sorrowful. He was unsettled because He had no steady place to
lay His head.
we read the general idea of the gospels regarding the life of Jesus Christ He
was opposed, menaced and endured the contradiction of sinners against Himself
as if people knew and Jesus did not know the true righteous principles. I do
not know about you but I will adhere to ... let God be true and every man a
liar. The remarkable response of the Son of Man was His heart was tender but
sorrow was still the essence of His spirit. Jesus was very acquainted with
grief especially when He empathized with other people. He had and still has the
heart of sympathy.
many cases people had a low opinion of Jesus Christ. The reason for this is
because the Son of God had the beauty of holiness and the virtue of goodness.
Human beings are not like this unless they come to Jesus Christ first and then
misconception was the true Messiah was going to be the desire of all nations.
The average person in that day observing did not see this and was rejected by
evil people. The same thing is going on today. Very few people follow the
narrow path of Jesus Christ. In fact evil people called Jesus Christ evil. Part
of verse three says, ... "We hid as it were our faces from Him" ...
so their minds and hearts were blinded from His glory and majesty. A veil was
over their eyes and as a result He was despised and the ultimate end was they
esteemed Him not because they could not see through their veil. If they
bothered to seek the truth this never would have happened but God does give us
have a choice. If you have not already done this the most important decision a
person can make is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord by
repenting of all your sins and invite the Son of God into your life.
you just made that all important eternal decision then understand that Jesus
Christ first came as a suffering Messiah. The Bible also says He will reign and
rule when He takes over the world in the one thousand year reign after the 7
year tribulation period. As we walk very close to Jesus Christ both are to be
respected and that will lead to a near fellowship with the true Messiah. The
Son of God desires our obedience when we do accept Him because this is a
commandment not a suggestion. It all starts with us having a reverential fear
of God by respecting that Jesus did suffer in a horrible way for us and He will
rule and reign in the future. I am convinced this will happen soon.