Who Will Believe This Message?
INTRODUCTION: Picture with me a Judge sitting on his bench, his place and position of power. A young man approaches the bench and pleads for mercy, but it is after he has been convicted of a crime and found guilty without question. Seemingly, the young man is without hope. But wait, the Judge removed his long, flowing, black robe, moved out in front of his Judge's bench and takes the sentence of the guilty.
800 years before the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the prophet Isaiah foretold of the vicarious death of Christ (the substitute experienced through another). My Bible speaks of a sin that unites us. (Isaiah 53:6 and Romans 3:23) but also of a Savior who saves us.
As Isaiah speaks concerning the Messiah's atonement (His paying the sin debt), he poses the question, ''Who hath believed our report?''
''But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?'' (Romans 10:16)
Remember this follows one of the greatest and simplest promises in the BIBLE. Today, let's examine Bible prophecies and promises in light of this Christmas season.
I.CHRIST WOULD SUFFER AS GOD'S DESPISED SON
A.Unnoticed by the multitudes. 1
How were they to notice Him?
1.He was revealed through the Scriptures.
Isaiah 53:1-12, Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2
2.He was revealed through a star.
''Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.'' (Matt. 2:2)
''The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork.'' (Psalms 19:1)
CREATION - ''For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse;'' (Rom. 1:20)
Abraham Lincoln said, ''I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I can ...
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