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.
What does the prophecy in Isaiah 7 really mean when Isaiah speaks of a son being born to a virgin and His name being Immanuel? This incredible prophecy points towards God doing something miraculous and supernatural on behalf of His people. While the prophecy is meant to comfort the remnant of God, it also serves as judgment to those who deny Him.
Who is the Messiah? Jesus warned that "...many will come in My name, saying 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many." (Mt. 24:4,5) Through the genealogy that Matthew records we learn that Jesus Christ is the rightful heir to the throne of Israel, the One to which the Old Testament points and the One Who came to identify with sinners! Stop and see that Jesus Christ is the true Messiah!
As we get older and older this body loses its physical strength. As we age, we have to rely on God even more. We must have the faith to believe that God can do what we ask. When the enemy is all around God says, "I can prepare a table." We can't get anything from God without faith in Him.
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.
The gospel message appears to be absurd. God sent His son to die a shameful death on behalf of perishing sinners. But this is the way for those who cannot know God in their own wisdom to come to know Him through His good pleasure. The worldly wise man must humble Himself before the all-wise God to receive forgiveness of sins through the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are many different versions of the truth in the world. Who shall we believe? The Messiah / The Christ must be revealed to men. There are two essential elements to make this happen: 1) God's Spirit must be working; 2) The Gospel must be preached. To know Christ is our greatest reason for Joy and thanksgiving. To make Him known to others should be our greatest concern and focus.