Isaiah’s prophecy is of “The Suffering and Glory of the Servant.” Philip, the New Testament servant-evangelist, “began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.” (Acts 8:35)
On this Good Friday, the good news about Jesus wil be sung, read, prayed and preached in a multitude of ways and locations. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear what God has done through His Son. “Amazing love, how can it be? That Thou, my God, shouldst die or me!” If you are in Oshawa, join us at Calvary Baptist for ‘The Mercy Tree.’ – 2 presentations – 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Now, here’s what Isaiah wrote in chapter 52 and 53 of his prophecy.
“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 he will 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.
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely HE took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,
Yet we considered HIM stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
But HE was pierced for our transgressions, HE was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon HIM, and by HIS wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on HIM the inquity of us all….”
This my friend is the rest of the truth which Christmas introduced. May you discover the good news of the gospel to be ‘good tidings of great joy which shall be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord!’