7 Blessings Of Being Christ’s Follower

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No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of theLord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

Isaiah 54:17

This chapter describes the inheritance that we now get to enjoy as followers of Christ. It is the glory that Christ attained after suffering on our behalf to redeem us, the glory He had with the Father before He walked among men. It is the promise of an everlasting victory that will never be undone. These are the blessings that are promised to us:

  1. We have protection from every weapon raised against us.
  2. We can retaliate against any accusation against us. Who is that condemns us? (Is. 50:8)
  3. Our children will be taught of the Lord and know great peace.
  4. We will be established in righteousness.
  5. We will be free from oppression and without fear.
  6. We will be free from terror because it will not come near us.
  7. Our righteousness will be of God.

We have the promise of God as our guarantee that we can enjoy these blessings which was fulfilled when Jesus rose again in victory of sin and death. We do not have to worry about losing these things because no one will be able to separate us from the Lord.

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7 Parallels Between Isaiah 53 And Jesus

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Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

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.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

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 had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Isaiah 53:1-9

1. The first parallel that comes to mind is the birth of Jesus. It was a challenge for Joseph, Mary, and others to believe that Jesus was the messiah that was foretold in the scriptures. Later, during His ministry, we also see plenty of examples of people who struggle to accept that He was the one that Israel was expecting to deliver them.

2. When I read in verse two and three that the servant had no beauty and was rejected by men it takes me to Matthew 13:54-57 where the Jews were offended by the idea that a man as lowly as he, of no repute, could do such miraculous works and speak with such wisdom. This is where Jesus says that a prophet is not honored in his own country.

3. The parallel in verse four is much more explicit and we get it from the text itself in Matthew 8:17. The crowds brought their sick and demon-possessed and Jesus healed them all. We read that this is a fulfillment of the prophecy that God’s servant “would take up our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.”

4. In verse five we see that well-known text which explains what Jesus was doing on the cross to offer us salvation. He was beaten, tortured, and whipped for our sakes and because of that we receive healing. We are healed by His wounds.

5. The scene of Jesus’ scourging comes to mind as I read verse seven. He took His punishment, even though it was unjust and abusive. He did not fight back either. There was never a man as innocent and undeserving of any punishment as Jesus.

6. Verse eight relates to the scene in the Temple and in Pilate’s palace after Jesus’ arrest. He did not try to avoid the punishment because He knew this is why He came and that the Lord would give Him the grace to endure. He did not dispute the charges but He did fill His accusers with guilt and shame as they realized that they were putting an innocent, if there ever was one, to death.

7. We know from the narrative of Jesus’ death and resurrection that verse nine indicates the burial tomb that was provided for Him by a wealthy man. He was unlike any man who ever lived and yet His body was laid to rest as if He was just another criminal who failed to throw off Israel’s Roman oppressors.

The Suffering And Exaltation of Jesus

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Isaiah presents God’s servant as one who goes from the most extreme suffering to the highest exaltation. He truly rises from the bottom to the top, from the last to the first. Jesus reaches these extremes when He goes to the cross to be sacrificed for the sins of the world and then upon His ascension when He went to the right hand of the Father.

In the wake of His exaltation the revelation of who He is and what He has done will spread throughout the world. That is exactly what happened as His disciples took the gospel to every kingdom and made disciples of the nations. Beginning with Pilate, we see how rulers are faced with the power of Jesus and amazed at His righteousness and wisdom. The same would happen with Paul in his trials during his ministry.

Gentiles, in particular, have much to be thankful for because they now have the knowledge of that which was only known to Israel. And it was because of Jesus life, death, resurrection, and ascension that we can know fully what prophets and kings in the past have sought to discover. It’s easy to forget what a privilege it is to know what we know and to have direct access to the throne of grace.