Christ’s coming brought peace between man and God
Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, ike a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:1-5 The prophet Isaiah was commanded by God to write about the coming of the Messiah, His birth, His sacrifice on the cross, and the purpose why He will live among the people. It was not only Isaiah that told the Israelites something about the coming of the Messiah. The prophet Micah wrote about the place where Jesus will be born. “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf” (Micah 5:2). But these prophets that prophesied about the coming of Jesus were not aware as to the fulfillment of the prophecies. This is why Paul told the believers in Rome that all these prophecies given by the prophets from the Old Testament were mystery to them. But now that Christ was born, all these mysteries were unveiled. “This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time. But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him” (Romans 16:25-26). Isaiah also prophesied the rejection and the suffering of Jesus. Jesus was foretold as a tender plant that would break through dry ground. His coming will overpower the dry and lifeless surroundings in order to bring life. When Jesus was born, His people were hardened to the real message of God’s Word. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had studied and memorized the Scriptures, but despite all these, they still did not believe Christ as the Messiah. And as Isaiah prophesied form the text, they were very hostile to the truth that when God’s Son came to them, they crucified Him. In the midst of this hostility, Jesus brought life to all who believed in Him. Jesus is capable of bringing life to any person, society, or culture no matter how hardened or hostile they have become to the gospel. Even the most hardened sinner will find that Jesus knows how to pierce the heart and bring life where there was once bitterness and emptiness. The work of Jesus in a person’s life may seem crumbly at first, but like the mustard seed, it will eventually grow into something strong. Just as a tender plant finds a way to grow in a hard soil so the love of Jesus has the ability to emerge in a life that seems completely unresponsive. Christ fulfilled the promises so you could be made whole. “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased” (Luke 2:14).