Old Testament Prophecies: Isaiah
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Romans 5:6-8
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Today, we look at one more of Isaiah’s prophecies concerning the Savior. As we prepare for the birth of the Christ Child, this prophecy points us to His death and burial:
And they made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man in His death,
although He had done no violence, and there was no deceit in His mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief;
when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring;
He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. (Isaiah 53:9–10)
In Matthew’s Gospel, we see the fulfillment of this prophecy:
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
Sometimes, students have difficulty understanding how a loving God could allow His own Son to die. The answer to this question lies with the Old Testament requirement of shed blood as the price for sin. Starting at the Passover, God established the shed blood of the lamb as the payment for sin. Now God’s own Son, the Lamb, has become our Passover sacrifice.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6–8)
As you prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior, remember the sacrifice He made for you.