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Day 26: Lenten Devotional - Evidence

By Jonathan Hoeldtke in Woodstown Presbyterian Church over 5 years ago | 737 views Link: http://bit.ly/12SIoKA

Day 26 of Lent

Title: Evidence

Scripture

Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.                                     Isaiah 53:1-6

 

Reflection

Last night I taught confirmation class.  Our topic: Who is Jesus?  If you are newly introduced to Jesus you want to know his credentials before you give Him your attention and time. He made some bold claims like equating himself with God.  We put those kinds of people under professional supervised care.  Unless what he said was true.  What is the evidence?  Among the many types of proof, God gave us prophecy.  Last night I made the observation that there are over 300 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament, and 29 of them were fulfilled on the day of Jesus’ death.  I’m sure someone has figured out the probability of this happening.  It’s astounding! 

            The prophet Isaiah is a prominent source of these predictions.  He writes in Isaiah 53 about the Messiah being the one who is “pierced for our transgression,” “by his wounds we are healed.”  Read on and you will recognize more correspondence between the way Isaiah describes the one who saves Israel and Jesus dying on the cross. 

I’m stlll waiting to discover if this impressed my students.  But sometimes all the evidence in the world fails to convince if you are not interested in someone saving you.

Application

Do you need evidence that Jesus’ claims are true?  Look at the prophecies which His life fulfills. It should at least give you pause to consider the validity of his divinity.  Be careful though.  If He is who He says He is then it will require you to make a big deal out of Him.  The way you celebrate Easter will need to change.  The way you live your life will need to change too.

Suggested Prayer

If you already believe that Jesus is God, thank Him today for the amazing way He was able to demonstrate His sovereignty and power through prophecies given and fulfilled.  Use Isaiah 53 to give words to your prayer.  If you are not a believer in Jesus, ask God to help you see the evidence provided in prophecy.

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Comments

Susan Bestwick

These devotions are beyond helpful! It is like a life group discussion
everyday!

Woodstown Presbyterian Church

Valerie Wiest

Ditto!   I was reflecting on the fact that I have been a Christian for all my life and I was not aware of the old testament prophicies fortelling the death of our savior.  Psalms, now Isaiah.  Very powerful.   I have had the opportunity to share them with someone who is struggling with faith.  Thank you and….Keep them coming Jonathan and Eryn!

Joyce Edwards

Al just read Isaiah 53 outloud to me.  This was a powerful prophecy for him to learn about.  Thank you for these Lenten devotionals.

Woodstown Presbyterian Church

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