Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Whose Report Do You Believe?

Isaiah 53:1 starts by asking a very important question, "Who has believed our report?" Why is this question important? Isaiah is about to tell us Gods plan of redemption through the coming Messiah. The question becomes significant to us today if we are to see and experience Gods entire redemptive plan manifest on the earth. However, the only way that believers will see and experience Gods entire plan of redemption is to see it through the eyes of faith.

Isaiah 53:4-5 shows us God plan of redemption. Although many today have limited redemption to rebirth, it is only a minute piece of the total plan of redemption. The Hebrew words for borne, griefs, carried, wounded, transgressions, bruised, iniquities, chastisement, stripes and healed opens a wonderful picture of what Messiah would come to earth to do. The following is a compilation of the definitions of these words placed in sentence form...

Surely He has taken away, carried away, cast away all of our anxieties, calamities, diseases and sicknesses (pains of the body). He has taken the burden of our pains of the mind, yet we esteemed Him stricken by Gods divine judgment and afflicted as though He had sinned. His skin was breached by violence because of our rebellion, sin and trespasses. He was beaten to pieces because of our perversity, evil and sin. Discipline and correction was brought upon Him so that Gods peace and favor would be upon us, and by His bruises, hurts and wounds we are cured, repaired and thoroughly made whole.

But interestingly enough Isaiah questions appears two more time in scripture. Once in John 12:38 and again in Romans 10:16. This time it is focused around not believing in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself faced unbelief mostly in the religious community, Paul was dealing with unbelief among the Jews concerning Christ and today unbelief has infiltrated the ranks of church leaders who pass it along to the church. Sure most evangelicals believe that rebirth is only through Jesus Christ, but what about healing of the body and mind or deliverance from being demonized. Why are these things pasted off as not Gods will for today when they are clearly as much of a part of redemption as rebirth?

John 12:39-40 reveal the reason why the religious community did not believe Jesus the Christ...
"Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again, He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them." 
Romans 10:17 reveals why the Jews would not believe in Jesus as Christ...
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." 
I John 5:14-15 reveals why so many evangelicals today do not believe in the full plan of redemption...
"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him."

Simply put, people unchurched and to many people who are churched just do not believe Gods report! Why? It takes faith

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