Saturday, April 15, 2006

 

Esaias Speaks In the Desert

Isaiah’s prophecy of chapter 53 has been the topic here and here in Christianity Is Jewish of how the Lamb was to come. It is Easter in a forecast hundreds of years ahead of the storm. The story of the Ethiopian man in Acts 8:27-35 brings the point right off the page, like an arrow through time. Philip was led to speak with the man sitting in his chariot reading, as it turns out, Esaias. Imagine a real life witness moment like this one! The man reads a prophecy he can’t quite grasp and along you come with the Gospel of Jesus bursting with newness and life! “Oh yeah, that has just happened, last month! The Messiah has come just as Esaias said! Funny you would be reading the prediction out here in the desert!” When Philip asked him if he understood, the Ethiopian answered, “How can I, except some man should guide me?” Wake-up call, Christians! You and I are that man or woman NEEDED to guide the seeker in the desert. Not many, if any, are plowing through Isaiah just wishing they had someone who could explain it! How awesome would that be? But even in this crazy hodge-podge of philosophy, nihilism, “create your own religion”, or Darwinian atheistic science, Isaiah has a few knock-em-dead words for sharing the Gospel. I mean, KNOCK ‘EM DEAD!

“For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” ~2Corinthians 4:11

“I have been crucified with Christ: I myself no longer live…” ~Galatians 2:20

Comments:
I just read a book that reminds me of this post... the underlying theme of it was "I want to live to know God and to make Him known." (Black or White by John Aubrey Anderson)

I want to be that person who helps those in the desert find their way - they're dying and if I don't warn them, their blood is on my hands!

Ezekiel 3:18 & 1 Corinthians 9:16
 
I've read your writings. I can't call them Blog's. Your a breath of fresh air in the desert and I know you will water many.
 
You wow me! I am encouraged by you both. Thank you.
Praying we will all find our voice for crying in the wilderness. It is such a privilege and responsibility, like you say, Jezzy. I am crying...
 
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