Monday, December 27, 2010

The Suffering Servant - Jesus Christ

 The Bibles been said to be 100% accurate in predicting the future. From the destruction of the Jewish temple in AD70 to the rebirth of the Nation of Israel in 1948.

What may be the most incredible example is the fulfilled prophecies of who the Jewish Messiah would be. A group of college students calculated the odds for one man to fulfill all of the Old Testament prophesies of the messiah.

(IE) First you would cover the entire state of Texas with silver dollars and mark just one. You would then walk blind folded, pick up just one, and it would be the one marked. And yet, Jesus picks up the marked silver dollar every time. Perhaps the most wonderful example in the entire Old testament is in Isiah 52-53, the suffering servant.. Who else could he possibly be writing about ?

John 19:34 the roman soldier pierces Jesus to make sure he's dead

The Suffering Servant 
(written 600 years before Christ)

ISAIAH 52
 13 See, my servant will act wisely;
   he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him
   his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
   and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 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. 
 ISAIAH 53
 1 Who has believed our message
   and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 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.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
   a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
   he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
 4 Surely he took up our pain
   and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
   stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
   he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
   and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
   each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
   the iniquity of us all.
 7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
   yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
   and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
   so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
   Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
   for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
   and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
   nor was any deceit in his mouth.
 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
   and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
   and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
   he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
   and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
   and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
   and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
   and made intercession for the transgressors.

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