Published July 11, 2013
Bible Studies for Life, July 28
According to Webster, a promise is “a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified.” People and their promises, in our day and time, are fickle at best. They are not trustworthy.
When God makes promises, however, we can rest assured that He will bring what He promised to pass. In 2 Samuel 7:16, God promised David “your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”
Unless David was never to die, this promise would have to be fulfilled through another. And only One could qualify.
The Messiah became one of us - Isaiah 53:2-3
Everything we have been studying up to this point culminates in the promise of the Messiah. It will be Jesus Christ himself who sits on David’s throne and who reigns over His Kingdom. However, the description we see here does not paint a picture of a conquering king.
We think of kings as strong, majestic, and handsome, but our text says “He has no form or comeliness” and “There is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
It also states that “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Again, not a description of a king that could inspire his kingdom. But the coming Messiah would become one of us, someone we could identify with. He would become someone we could follow, someone who would live life in a way to set an example for us.
Usually kings are lofty individuals that are untouchable and unreachable. Not so with our Messiah. He was born as we were born, into an earthly body with all of its limitations. He walked this earth as those of His time did. He faced the struggles and temptations, “yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15).
The Messiah suffered for us - Isaiah 53:4-9
And He suffered for us. Jesus suffered in our place. Jesus suffered because of our sin. Jesus suffered to be the perfect sacrifice to enable us to have an eternal relationship with God the Father. He took our place, endured the beating and stripes we should have received. Jesus died on a cross that should have been ours because we deserved it.
And with all of the suffering our Messiah endured, He never once complained. He willingly received our punishment. Because we followed our own sinful way and wandered away from the righteous life God intended for us, the Father placed the righteous judgment of death upon His own Son – for us.
Jesus did nothing to deserve this treatment. He lived a perfect life during His 33 years upon this earth. Yet for us, He assumed responsibility for all of our sin. Not just some – but all.
All of the sins we have committed. All of the sins we will commit within this day. And all of the sins we will ever commit.
“Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow.”
The Messiah rescues us - Isaiah 53:10-12
The Messiah became our intercessor before our Holy God. He justified us before our Righteous God. 1 Timothy 2:15 says “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” We needed someone to plead our case before the God in whose hand is held our eternal destiny.
Because the Messiah shed His blood on the cross, He was the perfect one to represent us before His Father. His blood paid for every sin and offense we committed before God.
Because He died in our place, His Father would receive His death as full payment for ours sins and would establish an eternal relationship with us that would culminate in an eternity spent together in Heaven.
And Jesus rescued us, not after we had cleaned up our act, but while we were enemies of God. Romans 5:8 states that “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Think of all that Jesus did for us to establish a relationship between us and His Father. He left the glories of Heaven. He laid aside the infinity of His Heavenly attributes to submit Himself to the limitations of human flesh. He lived a perfect life only to be crucified on a cross for the sins we committed.
Given all that Jesus did for us, how can we justify the way we live? We deserve Hell, and then we take His grace for granted. How can we live so carelessly after all that Jesus has done for us?
What is required of us? Everything.
I Corinthians 6:20 says “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Do our actions and attitudes glorify God?
Do we glorify God by faithful attendance at His house? Do we glorify God with our faithful giving of our tithes and offerings? Do we glorify God by telling our lost family members and friends that Jesus died on the cross to save them from their sins? Do we glorify God by using our spiritual gifts to edify and build up His church? Do we glorify God by loving and living in unity with one another?
God fulfilled His promise by sending us the Messiah, His Son Jesus Christ. How can we give Him less than our best after all He has done for us?
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