How frustrating is it when you keep telling people about something that is going to happen and they don’t listen? When the event takes place it seems to catch them by surprise. Even though you told them about it! Maybe it’s just me, but it can be very annoying. From a human perspective I’ve often wondered how frustrated God was and is when we don’t listen. The bible tell me He is actually long suffering and patient. I think this is such a blessing we take very much for granted.
The birth, life, death and resurrection of The Lord Jesus was told over and over again across the writers of what christians now call the Old Testament. There are literally hundreds of predictions made, some thousands of years before Jesus was born telling Israel what would happen – and not just passing reference. Some are in minute detail.
If you’re wondering about the accuracy of what I’ve just said. I am going to ask you to do some reading just to prove this. If you have a bible read the following –
& the account of the death of The Lords Jesus in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 & John 20. It will take about 30 mins. If you don’t have a bible you can use Bible Gateway.com. http://www.biblegateway.com/
Please bear in mind that Psalm 22 would be written as much as 1000 years before Jesus birth. Isaiah 53 about 735 years before. Look at their accounts of the suffering and humiliation of the person in the passage & then compare this to the experience of Jesus on the cross. David describes the physical sufferings of crucifixion even to the point of piercing hands and feet at a time when crucifixion wasn’t even known about.
All through the gospels (the 4 accounts of the life of Jesus when he was on this earth) there are references about scripture being fulfilled.
Despite all this when Jesus came to the earth and was born in Bethlehem – the religious leaders failed to recognise him. When he was here he stood up and read in the temple the following passage from Isaiah – again written some 700 years before. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed. To proclaim the year of the Lord's favour” He actually told them that this scripture was fulfilled as they listened to Him read the passage. They tried to kill Him!
This old world hasn’t changed much. Despite the bible, despite Christians living for God, despite their witness and testimony – People still don’t see who Jesus is.
If you have read the 4 chapters about the crucifixion – as you read remember he willingly went through what He did for you and me. He gave up everything – what is your response?