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Isaiah’s Easter Message

          When we think of Easter, our focus is usually centered on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and rightly so.

            But did you know that the entire Bible speaks about God’s saving plan for humanity?

            Isaiah was an Old Testament prophet. His name means “The Salvation of the Lord.” Throughout his writings, Isaiah proclaims the good news of God hundreds of years before Jesus embodied that message.

            Here is the Easter Message from the lips of Isaiah:

1) God is sinless and holy.

Isaiah 6:1-3

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

2) Human life on earth is temporary, but God lives forever.

Isaiah 40:6-8

6 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all human faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them.

Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

3) God sent His Son to show His self-giving love to humanity.

Isaiah 53:3-5

3 He was despised and rejected by others, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

4) God’s Son paid the price for sin with humility and without retaliation.

Isaiah 53:7

7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

5) God’s Son gave His life for the sins of humanity.

Isaiah 53:8-9

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

6) God knows the need of humanity and has provided a remedy.

Isaiah 1:18

18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

7) God took care of the sin of all humanity on the cross.

Isaiah 53:6

6. 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.

          God’s plan for the redemption of humanity, prophesied by Isaiah, came to fullness on Calvary’s cross and the empty tomb.

            Happy Easter!

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