Christmas (Messianic) Prophecy #9

Posted by on Dec 11, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Messiah was to be struck and spat on by His enemies

Isaiah 50:6

“I gave My back to those who strike Me,
And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;
I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.”

In Matthew 26:65-68 we read, “Then the high priest tore his robes and said, ‘He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; what do you think?’ They answered, ‘He deserves death!’ Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him, and said, ‘Prophesy to us, You Christ; who is the one who hit You?’ ”
What prompts the reaction of these people to spit on, beat, slap, and taunt Messiah?
The high priest is accusing Him of blasphemy. They’ve tried to find witnesses who agree on the same things. They need two to agree, according to the law, but can’t come up with them. Finally, when asked a question and Jesus responds with the fact the high priest has already stated the answer in the question, he accuses Him of blasphemy.
In the middle of those verses from Matthew, the leader says something that we still hear today. “You have now heard the blasphemy, what do you think?”
When it comes down to the Gospel/Christmas message, that’s the final question. “You have heard it, now what do you think?” Or perhaps, “how will you respond?” However, those of us who know and believe Jesus is the promised Messiah, understand that His proclaiming to be God is not blasphemy. It is truth.
The reaction of those who had heard that question asked then was, “He deserves death.” Then they proceeded to act on their answer by spitting on Him, slapping Him, beating Him, taunting Him.
I have a couple of questions for us.
How many people are we sharing the Gospel with unashamedly?
How many times do we plant the Gospel seeds in our daily lives?
We are not accountable for the response of those to whom we witness, but we are called to share the good news.
Think back in your own life to those who were diligent to share the Gospel with you. How did you react? Maybe for some you were offended but finally the Holy Spirit softened your heart and the veil was lifted from your eyes to know that Jesus is Who He says He is. For others, it was a no-brainer. You were told and you believed. There was no struggle in your flesh to comprehend. Thank God for those who He used to share the Gospel with you in word and deed. They were obedient to His calling on their lives.
Maybe someone reading this has never believed. I ask you, what will you do with the truth of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ? What you think about Him doesn’t change the fact that He is the Messiah. It matters that you think like Him about Him. It matters to Him. It matters. Please don’t respond like those who rejected Him. Take some time to consider Who He is and what He has done.
To the rest who believe. Let us be diligent to share the good news with those who do not believe. Let us share in our words and our actions.

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