IS JESUS STILL BLEEDING IN YOUR LIFE?
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way: and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all…Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed…”
Isaiah 53: 4-6, 10 King James Version
Isaiah (777 B. C.,) the Hebrew (=Afro-Asiatic) prophet, was given this prophecy about Yeshua na Messiah (Jesus Christ) almost 800 years before the coming of Yeshua. Around 4 A. D., the Angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph and told him that Mary, his virgin wife would bear a child by the Holy Ghost who must be named “Jesus” (Yeshua in Hebrew,) and would be known as “Emmanuel,” which in Hebrew means “God with us.” The name Jesus (Yeshua) in Hebrew means “one who shall help, save, or deliver God’s people (Matthew 1 and 2, The Original African Heritage Study Bible, KJV, Pages 1376-1377.)
At the end of His life as a man, Yeshua fulfilled the seven centuries years old prophecy of Isaiah 53: 5 as “…and when he (Pilate) had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified…” Matthew 27: 26, New King James Version.) More of that prophecy was fulfilled when “…they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.” Matthew 27:30 NKJV.
There are many more prophecies about Yeshua and His life and death given in Jeremiah 32: 6-9 (fulfilled in Matthew 27: 10); Isaiah 53: 7, fulfilled in Matthew 27: 14; Psalms 69:21, fulfilled in Matthew 27: 34, Psalms 22:17, fulfilled in Matthew 27: 36, and Psalms 22: 7, fulfilled in Matthew 27: 34.
For this writing we will confine ourselves to the prophecies cited by Isaiah, above.
When He was crucified and finally “gave up His spirit” on the cross at Golgotha (in Hebrew, the place of the skull,) or Calvary, bleeding and whipped (scourged) with weapons of punishment that tore the flesh from His body, nails piercing His body, fastening Him to the wooden cross, He cried out something like “It is finished!” And died. And so the era of unmerited favor and unbounded Grace began for all persons who accept(ed) Him as the “one who shall help, save, or deliver God’s people,” “…wounded for our transgressions…bruised for our iniquities…and with his stripes we are healed.”
He came here to become our sins, illnesses, death, disease, strife, money problems, marriage problems, and illness or wrong-doing imaginable (and some unimaginable,) that we might become righteous in God’s sight. Before His time, people atoned for sin by the shedding of the blood of a lamb “without spot or blemish.” God would overlook one’s sin with the proper blood sacrifice. This is a covenant He made with Moses for the first Passover in Egypt. The Hebrew captives had only to put the blood of an unblemished lamb on their doorposts (wooden) and the Angel of Death, sent by God, would pass over them and slaughter the first-born of anyone who didn’t believe and put out the blood.
When John the Baptist baptized Yeshua, he saw Him coming and announced loudly “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1: 29 KJV. John the Baptist had previously preached the coming of Him saying “This is he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1: 15-17 KJV.
This is the “GOOD NEWS!” Because “…God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We are all going to die of this world. Adam in his disobedience saw to that. But, Yeshua was sent to redeem us into everlasting life with our Father in Heaven, after this life on earth. We have but to accept Him and His sacrifice on the cross at Calvary.
That’s all. No sacrificing of lambs, goats or bulls, literally or figuratively. No great abundance of fasting or prayer, or doing for the poor, etc.-these are great things to do, but are not the requirement for everlasting life with our Father. We have but to accept Yeshua, through faith in His “finished work” on the cross, to live in the victory of unmerited favor and unbounded Grace. He is Grace.
When we are guilt-filled, shamed, condemned, depressed, downtrodden, financially strapped, sick, afraid, unbalanced, losing loved ones, persecuted, prosecuted, ostracized, overlooked, underpaid, overwrought, neglected, abandoned, unloved, unprotected, uncared for, fearful or otherwise afflicted in this life, we have but to look to the finished work of Yeshua on the cross, who took our burdens, sins, illnesses, disease, death and all other troubles upon Himself. He took these from us that we would be favored by God’s super-abounding Grace. God spoke “My Grace is sufficient for you.”
There is nothing we can do to “earn” this unmerited favor and unbounded Grace. No works will do it for us. We have only to believe and call upon our Father, in the name of Yeshua and we will be heard.
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any; that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you…” Mark 11: 24-25 KJV. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” John 16: 23 KJV.
When we are “caught up” in depression, persecution or any other victory-destroying and defeated life circumstance, and we don’t look to Yeshua and celebrate His sacrifice for us, WE ARE CRUCIFYING HIM ALL OVER AGAIN! We keep Him bleeding and unfinished in His work when we are SO overcome by the troubles of this world. It is an insult to Yeshua and an ultimate insult to our Father that we so mindlessly reject the UNMERITED FAVOR and GRACE He extends us. It is a free gift. The gift of life everlasting.
On the third day after He gave up His life, (“As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father; and I lay down my life…Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life; that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10: 15, 17-18 KJV “I and my Father are one.” John 10: 30 KJV) He DID take back His life and arose. He does what He says he will do!
He died and arose to make us free from sin that we become righteous in God’s sight. Every sin we did, will, or would commit, He atoned for it at Calvary with His blood. Yet many of us still cause Him to bleed on the cross by not living in the victory He wrought for us. Do not let anyone tell you that you have to do this or that, or pay this much, or anything other than accept Him into your heart, into your life. That is our only cost for unmerited favor and unbounded Grace. You can not earn it. He already did. Spend time for yourself reading about what the Hebrew (Afro-Asiatic) God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit has done for you and us. He died/arose for us all. As we move forward towards “Resurrection Day-Sunday, March 31, 2013,” the day we celebrate Yeshua rising from the grave to begin the New Covenant, live in victory!