“See, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted. 14 Just as many were appalled at You— His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being— 15 so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, For they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard.
Chapter 53 1 Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to? 2 He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him. 4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. 6 We all went astray like sheep; we all have” turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 52:13-53:6.
“Preacher, you have said things we have never heard before.” The old man said to me. At first I was sort of bewildered and startled as well because this church was 125 years in existence. I studied what my sermons had been, the texts I had used for sermons…the whole 9 yards. My questions had been things like, “How are going to get to Heaven?” “Is Hell a real place?” “Is being saved too difficult?” “How do you express your Spiritual Gift?” “Does a Christian go directly to Heaven upon death?” “Does God really speak to us?” And the list goes on and on and on, but I found an answer for this man’s statement. His query had to do with the fact that in a small church of 40 or so people not many can stop coming and not be noticed. Those who had left were disturbed about the difficult statements that God was making because of the work of the Holy Spirit. The message of Christ was true and powerful and just as Isaiah 53:1 asks, “Who has believed what we have heard?” and my question then became, “Who has believed what I have proclaimed about the Risen Savior, the Son of God?” The answer is simple, “Not as many as we might think, and fewer than we would like.”
What we discover from these few verses found in Isaiah that speak prophetically concerning the death of Jesus Christ is that people in high places will not speak about Him and common folks will not accept His words and reject Him, and most will turn away from Him. What we know is that most people simply do not read the Bible and, therefore, do not know of Him nor know Him as Savior and Lord. With that we should not be so surprised by we see and hear about the evil that is going on in our Nation and world at large.
What makes the present situation so important is what we find in Paul’s statement in Ephesians 6:10-13, “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.” Paul indicates that what we are witnessing right now across our Nation is a display of “the tactics of the Devil.” There are forces at work in cities and in our Nation’s Capital that find foundation in demonic activity, that is, of the Devil. Believers must be aware of this come November 3rd that is the day of the General Election. The future of America and the freedoms provided in our Constitution are at stake on that day. For this reason and others we can know that this is most likely the most important election to date in American history.
But, there is more. My question, “Who has believed our proclamation?” is just as important, too. The first answer is, “Too few.” The second answer might be, “Do I know of someone who has NOT believed?” Time is not on the side of those who have not believed this, we know. Just a thought.
Jesus is Lord.