By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"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, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand." (Isaiah 53:10 KJV)
Ponder again on what we just read: it has pleased the Lord to bruise Him and make His soul an offering for sin; He'd bring forth seed that would prolong His days, His influence, and establish His rule forever. It answers the question the prophet asked in Isaiah 53:8: "...who shall declare his generation?"
We're His seed, declaring His days. The pleasure of the Lord prospers in our hands. We—the Church—are the ones declaring who He really is and His plan of salvation for all mankind. We bear witness of His deity and continue all the beautiful things that He began, both to do and teach (Acts 1:1); His miraculous works and teachings about the Kingdom of God, which He continued through the Apostles. They in turn, delivered the same teaching to others, and finally, it got to us. And we're carrying it on until He returns.
He said in John 20:21, "...as my Father has sent me, even so send I you." We're His ambassadors. We're His witnesses. We're the effulgence of His glory, the dispensers of His love, righteousness, and grace. Hallelujah!
"Dear heavenly Father, I'm so thankful for the love and the grace that you've lavished upon me. Thank you for expressing yourself to the world through me. I am the effulgence of your glory, the express image of your Person, and my life is a manifestation of your praise and glory, in Jesus' Name. Amen."
"That is, They which are children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the see." (Romans 9:8 KJV).
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:29 KJV).
"He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 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, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:8-11 KJV).
1 YEAR BIBLE-READING PLAN:
1 Corinthians 15:35-58; Proverbs 8-9
2 YEAR BIBLE-READING PLAN:
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