Translations: Chinese GB Big5

The Messiah a Willing Sacrifice

Isaiah 53:7-9
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Comment

Jesus said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day." Luke 9:22 It was for such a purpose He came into the world. He said, "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again." John 12:27,28 He was a willing sacrifice to die for the sins of the world so that God would be appeased. Concerning His imminent death, "not My will, but Yours, be done." Lk 22:42

This is an essential aspect of the gospel as Paul wrote, "Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures ..." 1Cor 15:1-4 Yet it is this concept which is a stumbling block to many, particularly a stumbling block to Muslim. For the Koran denies Christ's death and resurrection as testified to by eyewitnesses recorded in the New Testament and as such the "Jesus" of the Koran is not the Jesus of the Bible.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." Galatians 3:13 Though he was not actually accursed of God, seeing as he suffered as an innocent victim, as also the one next to him testified, "We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong" Luke 23:41 But he was publicly reckoned accursed and a sinner. That was the public reputation he had and which he need to have for them to crucify him, though the reality was he was innocent. And he took upon himself other signs of those often reckoned accursed by God, such as dying a shameful death being reckoned a criminal abandoned by this associates. He also died without having been married, having no offspring to speak of to carry on his legacy. Such a condition was reckoned accursed by the Jews.

But since his resurrection Christ's death has been honored by Christians throughout generations. And many yearn to die well in the likeness of Christ's death. The apostle Paul expresses the yearning of his own heart saying, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death"Php 3:10 Thus conditions which were once considered indicative of the accursed are now considered indicative of the blessed.


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