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Isaiah 53:3 ** He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him ** verse 6 **: We all like sheep, have gone astray, every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity (sins) of us all.

The Lord spoke these words to the Prophet Isaiah (meaning Yahweh or God is salvation) describing the coming and rejection of the Messiah, Yeshua Christ Jesus. These words were written about 700 years before the arrival of the Messiah and about 50 years before the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of Solomon’s great temple. Even Isaiah was rejected in his time by the rulers of Judah because he was faithful and spoke the true words of our Creator. The Mishna, the rabbinical oral law of the Talmud tells us he was sawed asunder (sawed in parts) as many other prophets as described in Hebrews 11:37. Isaiah explained that mankind’s suffering and punishment was because of their sins, but that our God promised to care for them, they would surely be saved as long as they continued to have faith and return to the Lord. However, just like today the world continues turning away from the word of God and follow the way that is rapidly leading to destruction. (Matthew 7:13).

After the devil had no success in tempting Christ Jesus, He taught his inaugural message in the synagogue of His hometown in Nazareth. The Apostle Luke tells us Christ unrolled the scroll of Isaiah and read the prophesied words of Isaiah 61:1-2.  Luke 4:18-19 says, “The spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Isaiah adds: and day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn”.

All Israel believed this particular text from the Prophet Isaiah announced the coming of the Messiah and the year of Jubilee (the Lord’s favor). But when Christ Jesus cited outsiders (gentiles) as recipients of God’s blessing (Luke 4:24-27), the entire synagogue was enraged with jealously (greed, covetous) and they tried to kill Him, but He walked threw the crowd and went on His way. It was not time for the son and Lamb of God to shed his blood to redeem the prisoners’ of this entire world from the devil.

The ministry and first message of Christ Jesus has a profound spiritual and physical message. The preaching of the gospel to the poor desires His servants to use the comforter (Holy Spirit of God) to spiritually tell his story while physically doing what we can to help the needy. To release the captives of the devil which sways the entire world, is to spiritually teach that the bondage of sin is finished for believers. The physical aspect is a continuous physical preaching fight for freedom to lead the world to the Lord by hearing His word.  Christ repeatedly restored the sight of the blind who believed He was the Messiah. However, His followers today should preach to spiritually remove the sight of the blind by helping remove their ignorance or even ignoring our God. Physically, we can provide medical help for the sick, blind, disabled, and etcetera.

 

To set free those that are oppressed that languish in the many prisons and institutions in the world. Many are persecuted and even killed because of their Christian belief. The spiritual aspect is to try to help release people from the grasp of sin. The physical aspect to remove injustice from the world will soon come when the Messiah, Yeshua Christ Jesus makes his return visit as prophesied by Isaiah in 35:10, saying, “And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion (Jerusalem) with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away”. While the physical aspect to remove injustice from the world, nothing is impossible for our Lord who will quickly physically remove all injustice.  The task of proclaiming the year of the Lord remains daunting; believers can help instill hope in a spiritually dead world while constantly working to help humans thrive.

No matter how wicked you have been or think you are, if you turn to our Redeemer who came to earth as a humble nobody to save the lost, He will rescue and use you. In 1 Timothy 1:15, Paul acknowledged himself to be the worst of all sinners, yet forgiven by God. Our God restored his sight and used his misguided knowledge of the scriptures to write much of the New Testament. Even in our modern world which places great emphasis on wealth, glamour, power and prestige, if you humble yourself as did the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, you have an opportunity to live with the peace, health and happiness of our awesome Creator forever and ever in a wonderful never ending world!  Give you heart now to the Messiah, Yeshua Christ Jesus!

 

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