Messianic Surprise and Rejection


NAU Luke 24:26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

From the beginning of God’s revelation to man, He has foretold of the coming of His Redeemer. Bits and pieces came at different moments in time but Isaiah provided a treasure trove of Messianic information.

NIV Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

After giving Israel a summary of what was to come prophetically in chapter 52:13-15, Isaiah begins to give specific details in regards to Messiah’s first coming. Israel’s response would not be joy at the hope of Genesis 3:15 being fulfilled but surprise (53:1). He would not be what they expected (53:2) and in fact, He would be despised and rejected at His first coming (53:3).

NAU John 12:38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?”

NAU Romans 10:16 However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?”

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