Isaiah's report of Messiah, in Isaiah 40:5, says that "The Glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." John comments that Christ was "… The true light, which gives light to every man coming into the world." (John 1:9) Yet John also says, "… The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:5) The diamonds of the glory of the Messiah are displayed on the black velvet of man's unbelief.
Unbelief is the worst problem in the world. With unbelief, of course, comes all manner of sin. We have been looking at Isaiah 53:1-12 and studying its gospel-centered content. At the same time there is a prevailing question that starts this chapter. "Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?"
The only Cure for Unbelief is The Grace of God, The Son of God, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus told the Jewish leaders that they would die in their sins if they did not believe in Him. They refused to believe the truth Jesus shared and persisted in unbelief. Because of the hardness of their hearts, they could not see that the eternal "I AM" was in their midst.
Here in this passage we find one of the most amazing statements concerning our Lord Jesus. It says in verse 6, "And He marveled because of their unbelief". You would think that, He being the Son of God, that He would never "marvel" over anything since He knows all things, and the fullness of wisdom and knowledge are found in Him. But it is just because He was a man that He had the feelings and thoughts of human nature in His being, just as you and I do. Yes, He was the God-man. And yet He marveled over their unbelief.
Instead of preaching on their unbelief, I want to speak to you about saving faith. 1st of all – True and saving faith will believe that Christ is the wisdom of God. (verses 1 and 2) 2nd – True and saving faith will receive the idea Christ's lowliness and poverty. (verses 3 and 4) And 3rd – True and Saving faith will not seek to limit Christ's blessings. (verses 5 and 6) Let's think upon these characteristics, and think about whether or not we are believing or unbelieving in relation to the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.