“But He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…” Isaiah 53:3 (ESV)
Throughout the books of the Old Testament, God promised to send a messiah to rescue His people from oppression. A clear description of this messiah and His suffering and rejection, is found in the book of Isaiah, written around 700 years before Jesus came to earth. If you are not already familiar with Isaiah 53, then you might mistake it for a passage from the New Testament.
“But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)
If you are not already a believer in Jesus, then consider asking God a brave question: “Is Jesus the Messiah or should I look for another?” It’s the same question that John the Baptist asked in the New Testament (Matthew 11:3). Jesus answered John by using words prophesied about Him in Isaiah (61:1-3).
God will not condemn you for asking the question. In fact, He will answer you in a way that you can understand. If you are searching, feel lost, or just have some doubts, then be comforted to know that He will reveal Himself to you as He promised to anyone who seeks Him. Each person’s encounter with Jesus is different, but equally miraculous. I trust that you will be found by the Good Shepherd Who is waiting for you with open arms.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – everyone – to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6 (ESV)
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