Isaiah 53 is the chapter – which to us who believe that Jesus is the Messiah – is the most important evidence of him being so. Every little detail was fulfilled by Jesus. If we examine the text thoroughly, we will find some hidden secrets that throw new light on this prophecy.
The strange fact is that this chapter is spoken through the Jewish people. They say:
“WHO believed what WE heard?” (verse 1.)
This verse indicates two things – 1: The Jews did not believe in it. 2: But someone else did, namely those mentioned as WHO – a people the Jews obviously did not know about, when Jesus lived.
Another fact is that the Jewish people who tells this story, is telling it AFTER they have realized that Jesus really is their Messiah:
“ … WE despised him, WE held him of no account, a thing from which men turn away their eyes … but he was pierced for OUR transgressions, tortured for OUR iniquities …” (verse 3.5.)
It is the people who despised him, who at last realize that he died for their sake. And again they are pointing to the people who understood this, when they did not:
“ … WHO gave a thought to his fate, how he was cut off from the world of living men, stricken to the death for my people´s transgression?” (verse 8.)
In accordance with this prophecy there really were a people who accepted Jesus as the Messiah, when the Jews rejected him – namely the Christians. When Jesus turned the message of his kingdom away from the Jews and gave it to the Christians – he said to the Jews:
“The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matth.21,43.)
The name Ephraim means exactly the same as the describing Jesus gives of the people to whom he gave his message – namely
“he who is bringing fruit”.
It is therefore easy to believe that the Europeans and their descendants – who until these days have been the most eager missionaries of Jesus, and who really have brought forth the fruits of Jesus´ gospel – are Ephraim = “he who is bringing fruit”.
THE JEWS ARE NOT GUILTY OF JESUS´ DEATH.
Ever since Jesus took his gospel from the Jews and gave it to Ephraim, the Christians have accused the Jews for not accepting Jesus. They have forced them to be baptized, called them Christ-murderers and killed them.
Jesus however said:
“No one has robbed me of it (his life); I am laying it down of my own free will.” (John-10,18.)
And just before he died, he cried out:
“Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23,34.)
Peter said, about the Jews´ killing of Jesus:
“You … killed him who has led the way to life … My friends, I know quite well that you acted in ignorance, and so did your rulers; but this is how God fulfilled what he foretold … that his Messiah should suffer.” (Acts 3, 15.17-18.)
These texts are an evidence of the fact that the Jewish people who lived when Jesus lived, will not be judged for the sacrificing of Jesus. This was a task someone had to perform. And just as the priests from the tribe of Levi had to offer the animal sacrifices, they also had to offer the perfect sacrificial lamb. For the symbols had to be correctly fulfilled. “This is how God fulfilled what he foretold …”
It has been terrible for the Jewish people to bear the guilt of having killed Jesus. If the Christians however had read the Bible thoroughly, they would have seen what I am claiming here – namely that the Jews were not at all guilty of the death of Jesus. It was Jesus himself who decided this – “I am laying it down of my own free will.”
Because of the necessity of the symbols to be fulfilled in a correct way, the Jewish priests (from the tribe of Levi) had to be the ones to perform the offering. If the priests had known that Jesus was their Messiah, they would never have dared to do this. Therefore it was necessary to make him unknown to them.
“I know quite well that you acted in ignorance, and so did your rulers …”, Peter said.
When that is said, I will have to add that Annas and Caiaphas, the priests who claimed the death of Jesus, were two very evil men. And they will some day, get a terrible punishment for their evilness. But the Jewish people who lived when Jesus lost his life, will not be accused of his death. For God of course will do as Jesus begged him for – he will forgive them. They did not know what they were doing.
This the Christians would have known, if they had read their Bibles properly. Their terrible behavior towards the innocent Jewish people through 2000 years, surely must have made Jesus very angry. The part of Ephraim who in the last days still are behaving cruelly towards the Jews, will some day get a punishment without parallel in the history.
THE TRUTH SHALL SOUND FROM JERUSALEM.
As I pointed to in the beginning of this article, the Jewish people some day will stand as the ones who legitimate proclaim the message of
(Isaiah chapter 53.) “He had no beauty, no majesty to draw OUR eyes, no grace to make US delight in him … But he is pierced for our transgressions, tortured for our iniquities; the chastisement he bore is health for us and by his scourging we are healed.” (verse 2.5.)
On that day the main responsibility of proclaiming the true message of Jesus, is given to the Jews. And it will sound from Jerusalem:
“Out of Zion shall go forth the law (the ten commandments), and the word of the Lord (The Old Testament).” (Isai.2,3.)
And this will not take place after Jesus´ coming, as some Christians are claiming.
«It shall come to pass in the last days.” (of our history). (verse 2.)