There’s more to the gospel than meets the eye!

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely, He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked—but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

I sometimes wonder how so many Jews reject Christ when Isaiah wrote about Him and described Him and His sojourn on Earth so beautifully. He said that He was despised, and unrecognized, by His own people.

I wonder how that is even possible, when Isaiah wrote this more that 700 years before the Messiah was born into this world. I know that the Children of Israel know the Torah, and the Prophet’s, but it seems that they somehow that missed this teaching From the greatest of the Prophet’s, Isaiah.

He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Vs 3)

Apparently, we thought that it was God alone who had done this to His own Son. And denied that we humans had any involvement in His execution. Yet we cried out Crucify Him, Crucify Him!

Surely, He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (Vs 4)

It was our sin that drove Him to the cross, and our fear of Him that caused us to reject Him so harshly.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

This whole story is beyond belief yet it is true, that even those whom He had come to redeem would be the very ones who would wound Him. Yet still, He took it for our sakes, so that we could be restored to our Elohim. He was beaten, scourged, and because He suffered this, we are healed. The wounds we suffered as God rejected the Ten Tribes of Israel and scattered them abroad, could now be repaired and now there will be a return to Him, because of this great sacrifice.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people, He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked—but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. (Vs 6-9)

The practice of Idolatry brought YHWH to the point of wrath and anger, toward Israel, and He divorced them, and scattered them all over the world. And God’s own Law prohibits a man to remarry a wife who has lain with another man.

YHWH while He wanted to heal the rift, and bring Israel back from Her lawlessness, could not bring Her back into His household. So, He had to improvise, He would be born as a man and die and be resurrected into a new man in order to receive them back, restored to His household.

Here is why Yahshua said, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:9, 10)

And why He said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 15:24)

This was His mission from before He was borne, and while we cried crucify Him, he carried out the will of the Father without so much as a whimper.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore, I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Vs 10-12)

Idolatry Separated us, but when we return to Him, we shall be restored to true worship, in Spirit and in truth. No longer will we bow down to Ba’al or Mithra, and no more will we engage in Pagan Idol worship, or traditions. But we will worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and no other. …….. Now we are set free from our sin, and there is no longer a burden of sin to keep us in bondage to the former things.

2nd Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

For many of us, there’s more to the gospel than we have been told.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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