Hristos a Inviat !!!!

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Mike Licona – „What was the crucifixion like?”

Good Friday Service at Brook Highland Community Church in Birmingham, AL.

Special guest: Dr. Mike Licona – Professor at Houston Baptist University, renowned speaker and scholar on the resurrection of Jesus.

About the book, description from Amazon.com:

The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach Paperback

by Michael R. Licona

The question of the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection has been repeatedly probed, investigated and debated. And the results have varied widely. Perhaps some now regard this issue as the burned-over district of New Testament scholarship. Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem? Yes, answers Michael Licona. And he convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. So he opens this study with an extensive consideration of historiography and the particular problem of investigating claims of miracles. This alone is a valuable contribution. But then Licona carefully applies his principles and methods to the question of Jesus’ resurrection. In addition to determining and working from the most reliable sources and bedrock historical evidence, Licona critically weighs other prominent hypotheses. His own argument is a challenging and closely argued case for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. Any future approaches to dealing with this „prize puzzle” of New Testament study will need to be routed through The Resurrection of Jesus.

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Duminica vine (de Paste)

E vineri – Isus se roaga
Petru a adormit, Iuda tradeaza
Dar Duminica vine!
E vineri – Pilat e zbuciumat
Consiliul comploteaza, multimea defaima
Ei nici macar nu stiu ca vine Duminica!

E vineri – Ucenicii alearga ca oile fara pastor
Maria plange, Petru se leapada
Dar ei nu stiu ca Duminica vine!
E vineri – Romanii lovesc in Isus al meu
L-au imbracat in purpura, L-au incoronat cu spini
Dar ei nu stiu ca Duminica vine!

E vineri – Priviti-L pe Isus urcand Calvarul
Sangele ii curge suvoi, trupul i se poticneste si sufletul ii arde
Dar vedeti, e doar vineri! Duminica vine!
E vineri – Lumea invinge, oamenii pacatuiesc, Diavolul ranjeste
E vineri – Soldatii bat cuie in mainile Salvatorului meu pe cruce
Bat cuie in picioarele Salvatorului meu pe cruce si apoi il ridica langa criminali.

E vineri – Dar sa stii ca Duminica e aproape
E vineri – Ucenicii se intreaba ce se intampla cu Regele lor?
Fariseii sarbatoresc ca aceasta crima a fost indeplinita
Dar ei nu stiu ca e doar vineri. Duminca e aproape!
E vineri – El atarna pe cruce strigand iertare catre Tatal Sau
Lasat singur si pe moarte, nu-L poate salva nimeni?
E vineri, dar Duminica vine!

E vineri – Pamantul se cutremura, cerul se intuneca
Regele meu isi inalta sufletul
E vineri, speranta e pierduta, moartea a invins
Pacatul a biruit si Satan e doar ranjet
E vineri – Isus e ingropat. Soldatii stau de paza
si o piatra e pusa deasupra mormantului
Dar e vineri, doar vineri
Duminica soseste!

Ioan 11:25 – Isus i -a zis: ,,Eu sînt învierea şi viaţa. Cine crede în Mine, chiar dacă ar fi murit, va trăi.

HRISTOS a INVIAT !!!!

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Matei 28

28 La sfîrşitul zilei Sabatului, cînd începea să se lumineze în spre ziua dintîi a săptămînii, Maria Magdalina şi cealaltă Marie au venit să vadă mormîntul. 2 Şi iatăcă s’a făcut un mare cutremur de pămînt; căci un înger al Domnului s’a pogorît din cer, a venit şi a prăvălit piatra dela uşa mormîntului, şi a şezut pe ea.

3 Înfăţişarea lui era ca fulgerul, şi îmbrăcămintea lui albă ca zăpada. 4 Străjerii au tremurat de frica lui, şi au rămas ca nişte morţi. 5 Dar îngerul a luat cuvîntul, şi a zis femeilor: ,,Nu vă temeţi; căci ştiu că voi căutaţi pe Isus, care a fost răstignit. 6 Nu este aici; a înviat, după cum zisese. Veniţi de vedeţi locul unde zăcea Domnul; 7 şi duceţi-vă repede de spuneţi ucenicilor Lui că a înviat dintre cei morţi. Iată că El merge înaintea voastră în Galilea; acolo Îl veţi vedea. Iată că v’am spus lucrul acesta.„

8 Ele au plecat repede de la mormînt, cu frică şi cu mare bucurie, şi au alergat să dea de veste ucenicilor Lui. 9 Dar iată că le -a întîmpinat Isus, şi le -a zis: ,,Bucuraţi-vă!„ Ele s’au apropiat să -I cuprindă picioarele, şi I s’au închinat. 10 Atunci Isus le -a zis: ,,Nu vă temeţi; duceţi-vă de spuneţi fraţilor Mei să meargă în Galilea: acolo Mă vor vedea.„

Marcu 16

După ce a trecut ziua Sabatului, Maria Magdalina, Maria, mama lui Iacov, şi Salome, au cumpărat miresme, ca să se ducă să ungă trupul lui Isus. 2 În ziua dintîi a săptămînii, s’au dus la mormînt dis de dimineaţă, pe cînd răsărea soarele. 3 Femeile ziceau una către alta: ,,Cine ne va prăvăli piatra de la uşa mormîntului?„

4 Şi cînd şi-au ridicat ochii, au văzut că piatra, care era foarte mare, fusese prăvălită. 5 Au intrat în mormînt, au văzut pe un tinerel şezînd la dreapta, îmbrăcat într’un veşmînt alb, şi s’au spăimîntat. 6 El le -a zis: ,,Nu vă spăimîntaţi! Căutaţi pe Isus din Nazaret, care a fost răstignit: a înviat, nu este aici; iată locul unde îl puseseră. 7 Dar duceţi-vă de spuneţi ucenicilor Lui, şi lui Petru, că merge înaintea voastră în Galilea: acolo Îl veţi vedea, cum v’a spus.„

Luca 24

24 În ziua întîi a săptămînii, femeile acestea, şi altele împreună cu ele, au venit la mormînt dis de dimineaţă, şi au adus miresmele, pe cari le pregătiseră. 2 Au găsit piatra răsturnată de pe mormînt, 3 au intrat înlăuntru, şi n’au găsit trupul Domnului Isus.

4 Fiindcă nu ştiau ce să creadă, iată că li s’au arătat doi bărbaţi, îmbrăcaţi în haine strălucitoare. 5 Îngrozite, femeile şi-au plecat feţele la pămînt. Dar ei le-au zis: ,,Pentruce căutaţi între cei morţi pe Cel ce este viu? 6 Nu este aici, ci a înviat. Aduceţi-vă aminte ce v’a spus pe cînd era încă în Galilea, 7 cînd zicea că Fiul omului trebuie să fie dat în mînile păcătoşilor, să fie răstignit, şi a treia zi să învieze.„

8 Şi ele şi-au adus aminte de cuvintele lui Isus. 9 La întoarcerea lor dela mormînt, au povestit toate aceste lucruri celor unsprezece şi tuturor celorlalţi.

Ioan 20

În ziua dintîi a săptămînii, Maria Magdalina s’a dus disdedimineaţă la mormînt, pe cînd era încă întunerec; şi a văzut că piatra fusese luată de pe mormînt. 2 A alergat la Simon Petru şi la celalt ucenic, pe care -l iubea Isus, şi le -a zis: ,,Au luat pe Domnul din mormînt, şi nu ştiu unde L-au pus.„ 3 Petru şi celalt ucenic au ieşit, şi au plecat spre mormînt. 4 Au început să alerge amîndoi împreună. Dar celalt ucenic alerga mai repede decît Petru, şi a ajuns cel dintîi la mormînt.

5 S’a plecat şi s’a uitat înlăuntru, a văzut făşiile de pînză jos, dar n’a intrat. 6 Simon Petru, care venea după el, a ajuns şi el, a intrat în mormînt, şi a văzut făşiile de pînză jos. 7 Iar ştergarul, care fusese pus pe capul lui Isus, nu era cu făşiile de pînză, ci făcut sul şi pus într’un alt loc singur. 8 Atunci celalt ucenic, care ajunsese cel dintîi la mormînt, a intrat şi el; şi a văzut, şi a crezut. 9 Căci tot nu pricepeau că, după Scriptură, Isus trebuia să învieze din morţi. 10 Apoi ucenicii s’au întors acasă.

11 Dar Maria şedea afară lîngă mormînt, şi plîngea. Pe cînd plîngea s’a plecat să se uite în mormînt. 12 Şi a văzut doi îngeri în alb, şezînd în locul unde fusese culcat trupul lui Isus; unul la cap şi altul la picioare. 13 ,,Femeie„, i-au zis ei, ,,pentruce plîngi?„ Ea le -a răspuns: ,,Pentrucă au luat pe Domnul meu, şi nu ştiu unde L-au pus.„ 14 Dupăce a zis aceste vorbe, s’a întors, şi a văzut pe Isus stînd acolo în picioare; dar nu ştia că este Isus. 15 ,,Femeie„, i -a zis Isus, ,,de ce plîngi? Pe cine cauţi?„ Ea a crezut că este grădinarul, şi I -a zis: ,,Domnule, dacă L-ai luat, spune-mi unde L-ai pus, şi mă voi duce să -L iau.„ 16 Isus i -a zis: ,,Marie!„ Ea s’a întors, şi I -a zis în evreieşte: ,,Rabuni!„ adică: ,,Învăţătorule!„

17 ,,Nu mă ţinea„, i -a zis Isus; ,,căci încă nu M’am suit la Tatăl Meu. Ci, du-te la fraţii Mei, şi spune-le că Mă sui la Tatăl Meu şi Tatăl vostru, la Dumnezeul Meu şi Dumnezeul vostru.„ 18 Maria Magdalina s’a dus, şi a vestit ucenicilor că a văzut pe Domnul, şi că i -a spus aceste lucruri.

 

Hristos a Inviat – Ruben Filoti, Andreea Mois si Emma Repede

Versuri de la http://www.versuricrestine.ro

Dis de dimineata alearga Petru-n graba
Easter-He-is-Risen_Ajunge la mormant
Dar Domnul nu mai este
Unde sa fie oare, cine l-a luat
Piatra-I pravalita
HRISTOS A INVIAT!

Viata mea s-a schimbat
Cand la cruce am aflat
Azi Hristos dintre morti a-nviat
Tot trecutul murdar
In sange sfant mi-a spalat
Pentru toti azi Hristos a-nviat!

Caci cel ce-i viu de-a pururi
Aduce-o noua viata
El vrea ca sus in ceruri
Sa fim in siguranta
Fiinte noi prin Duhul invie zi de zi
Si cei ce primesc harul
Cu el in veci vor fi

Te-ntreaba azi esti viu
in suflet ai speranta
Nu vezi ca e tarziu
Si nu ai siuguranta
Pe Terra azi rasuna
Hristos a inviat!

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Taina crucii – Traian Dorz

 

Photo credit hdw.eweb4.com

Verticală ce coboară şi, întors, uneşte Sus
Şi Orizontală care-încercui Răsărit şi Apus
Linie de Coborâre de la Slavă spre Noroi,
Trăsătură de unire largă între noi şi noi.

Coborâre luminoasă de la cer pân’ la Atom
Legătura îmbrăţişării dulce între om şi om
Punte de eterne-abisuri ocolind desăvârşit
Este Linia şi cercul, şi Sfârşit şi Nesfârşit.

Este Unul şi Mulţimea, este Clipă şi Etern
Sabie cerească-ntinsă din ´Nălţime spre Infern
Taină şi Simbol şi Jertfă, Stâncă de nezguduit
Semn de teamă şi putere, Steag în veci nebiruit.

Cheie care cele patru margini ale lumii-nchizi
Braţul Milei şi Dreptăţii care mântui sau ucizi
Viu Izvor al mântuirii pentru vii şi pentru morţi
– Cruce, slavă cui te poartă, slavă Celui care-l porţi.

Ghita Mocan – Evenimentele din Saptamana Mare la Friday Night Show

 

Urmariti blogul lui Ghita Mocan aici – http://www.coramdeo.ro/

VIDEO by Media CBEE Discursul incepe la minutul 15 (18 Aprilie 2014)

EASTER Series – Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus

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By Joseph Scheumann via Desiring God.org

The resurrection of Jesus is foundational to the Christian faith, and yet, oftentimes, we only give it real thought around the Easter season.

But the resurrection of Jesus is so important that Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). And later he says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (verse 19).

In the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of this glorious reality, here are five truths about the resurrection.

1) Jesus had a bodily resurrection.

When Jesus was raised from the dead, he didn’t leave his body behind. In fact, after his resurrection his scars remained (John 20:27), he ate fish (John 20:12), he bodily ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9), and will bodily come again (1 Thessalonians 4:16). The Son of God will always have a bodily existence.

The fact that Jesus still has a body testifies to the dignity of the human body — both the ones that we have and the ones we will have after our resurrection. Matthew Lee Anderson writes, “The resurrection of the body means that to be human with God is to be with him not as disembodied souls, but as people with noses, faces, arms, and legs that are similar to those we currently have” (Earthen Vessels, 60–61).

2) Jesus had a justifying resurrection.

Perhaps the clearest instance of Paul connecting Jesus’s resurrection with his justification is obscured in most English translations. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 3:16, “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.” The word that is translated “vindicated” is typically translated “declared righteous” or “justified” elsewhere in the New Testament.

But if Jesus was perfect, how could he be justified, since justification implies guilt (see Romans 4:5)? The answer lies in Jesus’s death and resurrection. Richard Gaffin explains, “As long as [Jesus] remained in a state of death, the righteous character of his work, the efficacy of his obedience unto death remained in question, in fact, was implicitly denied. Consequently, the eradication of death in his resurrection is nothing less than the removal of the verdict of condemnation and the effective affirmation of his righteousness” (Resurrection and Redemption, 121–122).

3) Jesus had a Trinitarian resurrection.

The pattern in the New Testament is to speak of God the Father as the one who does the raising, Jesus as the one who is being raised, and the Spirit as the means the Father used to raise Jesus. This pattern is seen in Romans 8:11: “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

Here we see not only that God the Father raises Jesus through the Holy Spirit, but our resurrection will be parallel to the resurrection of Jesus — God the Father will raise us through the Spirit.

4) Jesus had a firstfruits resurrection of ours to come.

Paul describes Jesus’s resurrection as “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). Firstfruits is an agricultural metaphor that points to the initial quality of the harvest. Gaffin explains, “Paul is saying here, the resurrection of Christ and of believers cannot be separated. Why? Because, to extend the metaphor as Paul surely intends, Christ’s resurrection is the ‘firstfruits’ of the resurrection ‘harvest’ that includes the resurrection of believers. This thought is reinforced in verse 23: ‘Each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ’” (By Faith, Not By Sight, 68).

5) In Jesus, believers are already spiritually resurrected.

The resurrection is not only a future event for believers. Those who believe in Christ have already been raised to life with him. Paul writes, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). Christians are people who have already been raised with Christ. Gaffin explains, “[B]elievers will never be more resurrected than they already are. God has done a work in each believer, a work of nothing less than resurrection proportions, that will not be undone” (By Faith, Not by Sight, 76).

The resurrection is an already but not-yet reality for the Christian because of our union with Christ. Jesus’s resurrection means that those who have faith in him have been raised from the dead because they are in Christ, and yet we still await the full experience of the resurrection to come (Romans 8:22–23).

John MacArthur – Isaiah 53 The Riddle of Redemption

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Message from – Moody Founder’s Week 2013
Watch/read D A Carson’s message at Moody Founder’s Week 2013 here – When Jesus confronts the world 

Watch/read Tony Evans’s message at Moody Founder’s Week 2013 here – There is no more important place to know Christ than the struggles of lifeisaiah scroll
This is about Christ, and about knowing Christ. Martin Luther said,”There’s a chapter in the Bible that every Christian should memorize, if that Christian intends to know Christ.” The German theologian, in 1866 said, „There is the chapter of the Bible, that is the most central, the deepest, the loftiest that Scripture has ever achieved. That same chapter, others have called ‘The Gospel of all vocabulary’. There’s a chapter in the Bible that has such stirring predictions, so complex, that only God could have known them centuries before history unfolded them. There’s a chapter in the Bible that is the most comprehensive exposition of the cross in all of Scripture, the most complete description of the substitutionary vicarious sacrificial death of the Savior in all of Holy writ. This same chapter has a scope that extends from eternity past to eternity future, and gathers up a whole history of redemption by focusing on the redeemer. It sweeps from His position in the eternal trinity to His return to full glory with His redeemed in the new heavens and the new earth. There is a chapter that embraces His past glory, His incarnation, His humiliation, His rejection, His unjust treatment, His unfair trial, His mistreatment, His death sentence, His execution, His resurrection, His intercession, His exaltation, and His coronation.

What is this chapter? It is the first Gospel, and it’s not Matthew. Matthew is the second Gospel. This is a chapter that is sufficient to save sinners. In fact, it is a chapter that was used by Philip to explain the Gospel to an Ethiopian eunuch. This is a chapter that you know. It is Isaiah 53- the first Gospel.

The description of the atoning work of Jesus Christ in Isaiah 53 surpasses any single Scripture on those subjects in the epistles of the New Testament. Let me tell you about Isaiah. 66 chapters, same as the number of books of the Bible. It’s split into two parts: the first 39 and the second 27. Exactly the way the Bible is split: Old Testament 39 books, New Testament 27.

The first 39 are about judgment, much like the Old Testament. The last 27 chapters (of Isaiah) are about redemption, just like the New Testament – Salvation. The last 27 are divided into 3 – 9 – 9 – and 9. The first 9 is about the physical salvation of Israel, the last 9 are about the physical salvation of creation. And the middle 9 is about the spiritual salvation of sinners. (8) So, let’s go down into the middle 9, and the middle chapter is chapter 53, and the middle verse, essentially, is, „He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our inequities.” The Holy Spirit forces us right down into this incredible chapter. Isaiah 53 has been called the torture chamber of the rabbis. It has been called the guilty conscience of the Jews. And it is that. They run from this chapter like the black death.

This chapter, stepping back in history and the place that it occupies in Scripture, this chapter answers the most critical question that will ever be asked or answered, ever, by anyone, anytime. The most essential question, the most important question is answered by this chapter. Religion must answer this question correctly or it is form hell. Any religion that does not give the right answer to this question is right out of hell. What is the question? It’s the riddle of the Old Testament. Did you know there was a riddle in the Old Testament? Turn to Exodus 34. Moses comes before God and wants God to assure him, he wants God to show up and reveal His glory. In Exodus 34:5 we read „the Lord descended from a cloud and stood there as he called upon the name of the Lord.” Now, the Lord is going to introduce Himself. „The Lord passed by in front of Him and proclaimed, „The Lord God, compassionate, and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth, who keeps grace, loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin.” And, by the way, „He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.” That’s the riddle of the Old Testament.

That’s the riddle of redemption. How can God be gracious and punish the guilty? The answer to that is Isaiah 53. He will punish someone else. How can God, in the words of Paul, be just and the justifier of sinners? That is the question: How can a sinner be reconciled to a holy God? How can God love and bring to heavenly glory, sinners, without violating his righteousness? That is the question. If the right answer to that question is SAVED, then every other wrong answer DAMNS. That’s why I say that whoever doesn’t answer that question accurately is from hell. One more thing to say, about Isaiah 53. Just by way of introduction, if we think about it, this is a paralyzingly sad chapter. I don’t know of a sadder moment in all of redemptive history than the moment depicted in this chapter. It is horrific, beyond comprehension. This starts out as the most plaintive lament, the most extreme expression of sorrow. It is a kind of epic dirge. It is a funeral song with massive, sweeping implications. The crushing sorrow that is depicted in Isaiah 53 has no historic parallel, exceeds all other sorrows. (13:25)

The astonishing revelation

We start back in Isaiah 52 at verse 13. And, everything about this section is astonishing, absolutely astonishing. To start, in verse 13 we come to the very words of God. This section begins and ends with God speaking. God speaks in 52:13-15 and speaks half way through verse 11 and verse 12. So, what happens in the middle is bracketed by the words of God. God introduces and God sums up what’s in this great chapter. In 52:13-15, God Himself introduces the Messiah. He introduces His servant, His slave. First, it is an astonishing revelation. By the way, this is the 4th chapter that focuses on the servant or slave of God- the Messiah- vv. 42, 49, 50, 53. All servant songs, slave songs of the slave of God. He introduces Him: Behold because it is astonishing. „My slave will succeed”. Any reader of the Old Testament knows that that’s a Messianic title. Going all the way back to chapter 42, this is the Messiah. (15:29)

He will prosper. Actually, in Hebrew it is ‘act intelligently, act wisely’, succeed. It’s important that we understand that’s how God introduces this, because when He came, it looked like He didn’t succeed. It looked to the world like He failed. Then He begins to introduce Him. He will be high and lifted up, and greatly exalted. That identifies Him. Well, you say, isn’t that just repetitious? No, in the Hebrew, here’s what it says: He will be high, He will be higher, He will be highest. And those 3 designations in combination, only appear in one other place in all of Scripture. And those three designations refer to God. They only appear together in one other place- Isaiah 6. „I saw the Lord high, and higher, and highest.” So, now we know that the slave is God.

The astonishing humiliation

isaiah 53 5

The deity of Messiah is proclaimed. Verse 14 adds: Just as many were astonished at you My people, so His appearance was far more than any man.”  Now we know that He not only will be God, but He will also be man. The God man. He will be marred, that word in Hebrew means mutilated, it means distorted, it means disfigured. And, so extremely disfigured as to be literally beyond human recognition, looking like a beast, not a man. This servant is God? The eternal God: high, higher, highest. Exalted, loftiest, sitting on His throne. And, in the New testament, we know the writer of the Gospel of John tells us that the vision of Isaiah 6 is none other than Jesus Christ. He is God, lifted up and exalted. And He is man, marred, disfigured. This is the second riddle. Who is this Messiah? The Jews had a Messianic view, they had a concept of Messiah. I don’t know that they thought He would be God, but they assumed that He would be exalted. They had no sense that He would be marred, disfigured, far form it. But, that is only temporary.

His marring will be so severe, end of verse 14, that His form would be disfigured and distorted more than the sons of man. The implication of the language is- in face and form He will become subhuman. And we know that happened. All the brutality imposed upon Him. The physical distortion of His body, in all that He suffered and the distortion of His face, from sin bearing… We’re glad to get to verse 15. because the astonishing revelation, followed by the astonishing humiliation, brings us to the astonishing exaltation. (19:50)

The astonishing exaltation

„He will startle many nations.” Startle means to burst, to jump up. „He will startle many nations and Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him. What has not been told them, they will see, what they had not heard they will understand.” This is His final exaltation. So, God Himself, introduces His servant, His slave, the slave of Yahweh. the slave of Messiah, who is to come. He will be God, He will be man, He will be marred, He will be exalted. There is the career of the Lord Jesus in broad terms, from the mouth of God. This information is given to the Jews from Isaiah, 700 years before Jesus came. (21)

Isaiah 53

Now, let’s come to chapter 53. And, all of a suede something changes. Verses 13-15 ‘1st person- future’. „He will be”… „He will…” Kings will..”  „they will…”, „they will see..”. All future- speaking of the coming of the Messiah. Everything changes. This is one speaker: God, speaking of the future career of His servant. When you come to verse 1, everything changes. Everything now is in the past tense. And plural pronouns: „we”, „our”, „us”. The big question for us is, „Who is talking?” Not God. Who is speaking?

The Suffering Servant

53 Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.

Who is saying this? Who is making this massive confession? What group of people is this? What group of people is this? This is plural ‘til you get down to verse 11, where God begins to speak again. Who is this? It is Israel.

What did we learn about Isaiah? Israel’s physical deliverance in the first 9 chapters of the second half, and Israel’s salvation in the second nine. You bore down to those 9 in the middle chapter and the middle verses- this is the prophecy, not the death of Christ. This is not a prophecy of the death of Christ, this is a prophecy of the future conversion of Israel, when they look back at the death of Christ and see who He really was. This is stunning. This leaps across the death and resurrection of Christ to the future conversion of Israel. That’s why Isaiah gave this. To give hope for the national salvation of his people.

Remember Ezekiel 36, when God promises salvation to Israel, a new heart, His spirit… you remember Jeremiah 31, the covenant passage promised to Israel, where God saves Israel. But, you might wanna think about this in terms of another prophecy. As you come to the end of the Old Testament, in Zechariah 12:10 I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. 
And Zechariah sees the future day, when Israel has, by the sovereign purposes of God, the spirit of grace and supplication comes down from heaven and gives them life. And when God does that, they will look on the one they pierced and they will mourn. vv 11-14 11 In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves. What are they all mourning about? That is the future work of God, when He saves the nation of Israel. Romans 11 „So, all Israel will be saved”. That’s the future promise of God.

When that day comes, what will they say? They will recite Isaiah 53. This is their confession. That’s why it’s in the past tense. Think of it this way, as we look at this incredible chapter. Why the mourning? Why the horror? Why does everybody mourn, from the lowest to the highest? From the King, the leader, always down to the humblest family? What is all this mourning and weeping, and sorrowing? It’s obvious. In that future day, when Israel is saved, they will look back over their history and realize that everyone that came before them and rejected Jesus Christ was damned forever. The horror. All the history of holocaust, all those people are lost. The mourning will be beyond comprehension. (transcript from first 30 min provided by our blog)

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