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Isaiah

I am on a journey through the Bible. A journey focused on a single question. Who exactly is Jesus? I mean who is he really? I am questioning some of my perceptions of who I think Jesus is. I have definitely been carrying around misconceptions. The purpose of this journey is to put my current understanding of who he is under the microscope of the Word of God. For me this journey has been and is a time to reexamine what the Bible says about Jesus. To reexamine his life, his actions, his words as recorded in the scriptures.

So far the biggest thing that has struck me as I have been on this journey is that the Old testament is the Greatest Preview ever produced of the Greatest Story ever told: the account of Jesus Christ. ... the Gospel ... the Good News.


Nearly 2,800 years ago a man named Isaiah lived. He was known as a prophet. He lived on this earth over 700 years before Jesus was even born, yet he describes Jesus perfectly. How is this possible? It is possible because Isaiah was just passing on the words and facts given to him. God was communicating to his people through Isaiah. In chapter 42 of the book of Isaiah we read in part what God was telling his people during this time.
"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope." (Isaiah 42:1-4)
Sometimes I find it helpful when I am studying a passage from the Bible to just simply spell out the facts. Here is what I learned about Christ from this passage in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. I have included related verses from the New Testament in parenthesis. Just mouse over them to read the verse in a quick pop up or click to read with the larger context of the passage.
  • Jesus is a servant. (Philippians 2:7)
  • He is the Chosen One of God. (Matthew 12:18)
  • God the Father is greatly pleased with him. (Matthew 12:18)
  • The Spirit of God is on him. (Matthew 12:18)
  • He brings justice to this world. (Romans 3:25-26)
  • He is gentle and tender to those who are weak, oppressed, and just trying to hang on. (Matthew 5:1-4)
  • He will not give up until justice is established on earth. (Acts 17:30-31)
  • His teachings will bring hope to people all over the world. (Matthew 12:21)
Just remember these facts among many others were given to a group of people living 700 years before Jesus was born. A few verses later the Lord says this.
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you." (Isaiah 42:9)
God gave so much detail about Jesus, the Messiah, many many years before he came to earth. This is just a small portion of the detail we can learn about Jesus written in the scriptures long before he actually came into this world. As I have said before I have been journaling through the book titled The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible's Greatest Story written by Whitney T. Kuniholm. In reading the passages Kuniholm has outlined in this book I have been amazed at the quantity and level of detail concerning the Messiah and how it describes Jesus perfectly. I am on the 28th passage of the 100 and there are two more from the Old Testament scriptures that further describe Jesus. After that the next 70 passages will be from the New Testament. Thirty passages of words spoken and written down about a coming Messiah a very long time before Jesus was born. Thirty passages that have given me a great preview of who Jesus is. I very much look forward to continuing this essential journey into the New Testament.


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Photo credit: The photo in this post is titled "Isaiah". It was uploaded to flickr.com by mikeyphotog on May 29 2008 with this caption. "A rabbi examines the portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls that make up the Book of Isaiah. At the Israel Museum."

11 comments:

  1. Wise Decision, Brad. Scripture is called the Word of God, and not the words of God, for the same reason.....there is just one message: Jesus.

    Check out this link: http://www.imrah.org/2007/08/jesus-himself-alone/

    Sid

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  2. The fact that the Old Testament prophecy about Jesus came to pass also gives us confidence in the New Testament prophecies that refer to the future that hasn't happened yet!

    I like your little reference blocks that pop up when the mouse is over the references. I'd love to know you you did that!

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  3. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." (John 1:1,14) Amen Sidharth. I will check out your post.

    Karen, Thanks for stopping by and you are so right. The Lord has shown us so much about the future and with the track record He has we would be fools not to listen. Here is a link to a page that will tell you how to add the bible verse pop ups.

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  4. Hi Brad. Thank you for your comment on my blog post.

    We never stop learning in our Christin walk, as more and more is revealed to us.

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  5. Thank you for that link. So it isn't lost in the comments, I will write a new, short post. I'm sure it will be used.

    Thanks again.

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  6. I've only recently realized how uplifting it is to read the bible with a purpose other than just reading and soaking up words. I have read passages now and they have a completely new meaning. It truly is a testament to the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and God himself.

    My story is long so I'll spare you that..But in brief. I am a recovering alcoholic. I could not be who I am without God. God is more real than he has ever been in my life.
    Thank You Brad!

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  7. I wish you luck and wisdom on your journey!
    Have you found any answers yet?

    I'm on a journey looking for answers too. Who knows, maybe we'll bump into each other along the way!

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  8. The journey you are embarking on is truly a good one - one with eternal value. God bless you for that!

    May I suggest a book: The Mind of Jesus by William Barklay. I have this book (paperback) and it has been helpful and insightful.

    The Bible is rich in detail about Jesus, His character, and attributes. The Bible is for the general masses and so it has messages that pertain to everyone. But to really know Jesus on a personal level, look to your own life and experiences. (run trough the biblical filter of course)

    Ex: I know that Jesus is loving and gentle because it is written, but I see just how much by looking to the things He has done for me personally. I've seen up close just how much He cares for me. To think that the Creator actually knows who I am, me - Carol, is just mind-boggling! And to think that He teaches me and corrects me - essentially giving me a tailor-made lesson just for me, gives me greater insight into who He is.

    Yes you will learn much from reading Scriptures, just remember that Jesus is also personal and deals with us individually and because of that, we can learn much more about Him.

    Blessings,
    Carol

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  9. A visiting minister to our church told us this, "the greatest comentary on the Bible is the Bible." Search the Word of God, pray the word of God and you will find out everything you want to know about Jesus Christ and Who He is. You are well on your way my friend. God bless you for writing this.

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  10. I like very much the theme blog

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  11. hi there.. i have the greatest respect for the bible and ur search for the truth.. hope u find it. hehe

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