Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the Arm of the Lord been revealed?
Read Isaiah 53 This is the prediction from the prophet Isaiah which describes Jesus’ life, and gives him a name which describes his function as the arm of the Lord.
Read John 12:37-50 This is where Jesus talks about the fulfillment of Isaiah 53. Jesus states that he only says what God tells him to say.
Note: In Isaiah’s prediction Jesus will be reviled and persecuted, and won’t be popular with many people, he won’t look pretty, or be attractive, there will be nothing in his humanity which will be attractive in and of itself. In John 12, Jesus clarifies that he only says what God tells him to say, and that many people will not hear him. He is not judging, but coming to save, and that those who are unaccepting of his words (which are coming straight from God) will be condemned by their lack of acceptance.
Jesus acts as the Arm of the Lord in his life. Whatever, our brain tells our arm to do, is what our arm does. Luckily for us that is an automatic thing. We just think of what we want to do like pick something up from the ground, and we do it. When Jesus was here as a human, he was listening to God as if he were a part of God’s body, such as the arm (which he was and is God,so he is a part of God).
Have you ever tried to be someone else’s arm? Here are a couple of things to try that can give you a picture of how tough it can be to act as someone else’s arm.
- With a Partner stand behind the person where you cannot see what you are doing and have them direct you on how to do some activity such as picking up some small things and putting them in a bowl. It would be best if you are blind folded so that you cannot at all see what you are doing and try to do this completely on the instruction of the other person.
- Another thing to try if you don’t have a partner is to try and copy a picture onto a paper while never looking at the paper. Just let your brain tell your arm what to draw.
In both of these activities you can see how difficult it is to do things solely on the instruction of another person without using your own sense of sight to do so. Yet we know that Jesus accomplished perfectly everything that God told him to do. That tells us just how perfect the communication was between God the Father and Jesus the Son. They were perfectly in tune with each other. Jesus’ complete goal in life was to accomplish just what God told him to do, and nothing else. They were always in communion together.
John 14:10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
God wants us to always be in communion with him, through the Holy Spirit which dwells within us.
Romans 8:9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
Isaiah 53 New International Version (NIV)
53 Who has believed our message
4 Surely he took up our pain
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
John 12:37-50 New International Version (NIV)
Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews
37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
“Lord, who has believed our message
39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
40 “He has blinded their eyes
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
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