Who Was the Prophesied Suffering Servant?

We have been thinking over the past couple of weeks about how Biblical prophecy was remarkably fulfilled in great detail even though it was spoken more than five hundred years beforehand. In yesterdays post we spoke about the prophecy of Isaiah. God told us in that prophecy that He would send a Messiah, a man that would be more than a man; He would be God in the flesh:

14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)

 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matthew 1:23).

Some say that Jesus never went around claiming, “I am God.” I agree that Christ was far too humble of soul to state such an arrogant statement, but when you look in detail what He did and said, it was evident that He saw Himself as God. Take, for instance, the healing of the paralyzed man: Continue reading

The Kindness and Grace of our Savior

27She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched the fringe of his robe. 28For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his clothing, I will be healed.” 29Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel that she had been healed! (Mark 5:27-29).

How wonderful it is that God responds to faith.  This woman’s faith was born out of desperation.  Matthew in his gospel (Matt 9:20) tells us that she had internal bleeding for 12 years.  What would it have been like to be in her situation?  Her condition was one where it was illegal for her to be in a public place, for fear of contaminating anyone else.  Leviticus 15:25 says “When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.”  She would never have been able to enter Church (Synagogue) or fellowship with others.  Her condition excluded her from the social structure of the day.  Mark further tells us that she had spent her all on the doctors (Mark 5:26) and was no better but rather grew worse.  This poor woman was completely broke and more than likely had not slept in a bed for some time, what hotel would have her!  What friend would let her stay at their house. Everything she touched would be ceremonially unclean. Continue reading