The Gospel According to Isaiah

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies

DEVOTIONAL

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ISAIAH

Anthony Iovino

4-28-12

 

The Prophet Isaiah is often referred to as the Bible’s first evangelist; and the book of Isaiah is often called “The Book of Salvation.”  Dr. Victor Buksbazen (see his commentary- The Prophet Isaiah), would say, “Isaiah was God’s voice to Israel, the conscience of the nation, the herald of the Messiah and of His Universal Kingdom…”  Hence- The Gospel According to Isaiah.

Jesus himself and the Apostles very often quoted the Prophet Isaiah. 

 

When we as Christians “preach the Gospel”, we most often cite scriptures from the New Testament, (ex- The Roman Road-3:10, 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10, 10:13,Acts 16:31, John 3:16, etc). 

The book of Isaiah is like a mini Bible.  It contains all the necessary ingredients to understand that we are all sinners and in need of a savior.  The book points specifically to that coming Messiah over 700 years before He would arrive, with amazing detail and clarity.  For a Jewish person to try and “explain away”, these amazing prophecies or refuse to give them consideration and further study is a travesty.  For it was from the book of Isaiah (61:1-2) that our Lord Jesus read from in the synagogue on the Sabbath day, (Luke 4:16-21):

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[f]

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Isaiah foretold –

1. The Messiah

2. One and only Savior

3. One and only Way

THE GOSPEL IN ISAIAH:

1. God is Holy- Isaiah 43:15-

I am the Lord, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator, your King. ”

2. All have sinned against God- Isaiah 59:12– (Rom 3:10, 3:23)

For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us.

3. Sin Separates us from God- Isaiah 59:2-(Rom 6:23

But our inequities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

 

4. The Messiah will deal with the sin issue- Isaiah 53:6- (Rom 5:8, John 3:16)

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the inequity of us all.

5. We must seek and call on Him to receive redemption- Isaiah 55:6-(John 3:16, Rom 10:9-10, Rom 10:13, Acts 16:31)

 

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

 

A dear friend of mine in the Lord once told me that his pastor taught their congregation to get people to: Think, Feel and Act.  That is exactly what the Prophet Isaiah was exhorting the Jewish people of Israel to do and that is exactly what the Gospel exhorts a lost sinner to do!

This same friend of mine often says, “Jesus is as close as the mention of His Name.” 

Will you call on His Name Today?  He is closer than you think and He is ready to come into your heart and life.  First for the Jew, then for the Gentile (Romans 1:16b).

 

Scripture is from NIV Bible

Sources-Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry

Devotional- The Gospel According to Isaiah- 4-28-12-AJI

 

 

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Comments
  1. B. says:

    Another great devotion ! Thank you …

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