Posted by: missionventureministries | December 10, 2010

SLOW TO BELIEVE AND UNDERSTAND – Isaiah 53

Then Jesus said to them: “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24:25)

Throughout the period of the Old Testament God’s children understood, through the sacrificial system, that the Lamb of God would come into the world to give His life a ransom for mankind (Isaiah 53).

When Christ was born, very few people were expecting the Messiah, and when Christ died, it was clearly demonstrated that the disciples did not understand what the prophets had written. Rather than rejoice with the stunning victory of Christ, they were disappointed and stunned, muttering: “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21).

Despite all the existing prophecies about the first coming of Christ, His mission and death, the disciples did not understand the spiritual nature of Christ’s kingdom, they were expecting the immediate coming of the kingdom of His glory, and were disappointed because He was not crowned King. They doubted His divinity when He was crucified, and finally, they did not believed He had risen from the dead.

Was Christ not clear enough? Let us look at some of His statements: From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.” (Mathew 16:21). “Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. “For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again”  (Luke 18:31-33).

Christ could not have been more explicit. But the disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said” (Luke 18:34). For Jesus had repeatedly tried to show the future to His disciples, but they did not want to reflect on what He said, so because of this, His death came as a surprise to them.

As today’s disciples, God wants us to understand what the prophets wrote, so that when Christ returns, it will not be a surprise to us.

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