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The Walk to Emmaus part 2

This continues the study of the walk on the road to Emmaus where Jesus reveals and opens up scriptures to a couple of men troubled by the events concerning the death of Jesus on the cross.

  • Isaiah 25:8  He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. 
    Isa 25:9  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.  

In Revelation the next passage I have below we see recorded the future fulfillment of Isaiah 25:8. the New Jerusalem ascends from Heaven. All death, pain and sorrow will flee. No one will rebuke His people or harm them ever again for they at that point will have been resurrected with new bodies that can never die. This is a promise to all who receive Jesus Christ, not just Israel.

  • Revelation 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 
    Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 
    Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 
    Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 
    Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 
    Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  

Whosoever comes to Him will partake of the water of life. Being born again by God's spirit, becoming a new creature in Christ, to have sins forgiven and cleansed and to be partaker of an eternity with the Lord, living forever in a body that can never die. You can't get things anywhere any better than this, yet so many want to hold onto this life only and neglecting their eternal souls.

Next we will see a verse in Isaiah 52:14 that gives us a vision of what Jesus went through just before and during His suffering on the cross. This was His first coming. He was beaten and whipped so much that his whole face was marred horribly.

  • Isaiah 52:14  As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:  

In chapter 53, the whole chapter describes none other than Jesus. No other person born of woman could have fulfilled this chapter other than Jesus.

  • Isaiah 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 
    Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 

Jesus came as an ordinary man, not handsome, popular or polished. He was from a poor everyday type of family prepared of the Lord ahead of time.

  • Isaiah 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 
    Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 

He was so hated that His own nation rejected Him. Only a few believed compared to the population of that day. Yet it had to be in order to usher in the way of salvation. God allowed this for our sakes. That is why Jesus was considered to be smitten of God. Even His own disciples fled when Jesus was arrested. Peter denied Him out of the fear of men. They changed later after the day of Pentecost but in order for scripture to be fulfilled they hid their faces and fled.

Both Matthew and Mark record this: At the arrest of Jesus they all got scared and ran away.

  • Mark 14:50  And they all forsook him, and fled. 

He was wounded for our transgressions. This is the suffering and passion of Christ. Isaiah 53 describes this in detail many years before Jesus was even born as a babe and walked among men.

  • Isaiah 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 
    Isa 53:6  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. 
    Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 

All of us were once lost, gone astray and far from the presence of God. Jesus sufferred nails, bruises, beatings and more for our salvation, for our healing, and for our eternal souls to be saved. He actually paid for our sins. Sort of like a person that would love a friend so much that he would serve his jail sentence for him so his friend would go free, only Jesus actually physically died when He didn't sin and didn't deserve to die. The cost of sin is death both physically and the soul for eternity. Jesus reverses all that for those the come to Him repenting of sin and receiving Him into their lives. We may still suffer death of our temporary bodies but that body will be resurrected.

Jesus submitted Himself willingly. He could have backed out at any times and allowed the angels of God to rescue Him.

  • Isaiah 53:8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 
    Isa 53:9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 

The just suffered for the unjust. The rich referred to here is a rich man who was a believer. This is recorded in Matthew.

  • Matthew 27:57  When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 
    Mat 27:58  He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 
    Mat 27:59  And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 
    Mat 27:60  And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.  

A man that gave Jesus his own new tomb where no one yet was buried, was a follower of Jesus who probably wasn't aware that he was fulfilling scripture in Isaiah 53:9.

  • Isaiah 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 
    Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 
    Isa 53:12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  

He was numbered with the transgressors refers to Jesus dying with thieves who were guilty at the time. Jesus was not guilty of any crime. We know from reading other scriptures that God did not  enjoy seeing His Son suffer but what satisfied God was the way was made for us to be saved, inherit eternal life and escape the curse that our sins cause. Without Christ we would be eternally lost and separated from God in a place called Hell. Hell is a place that will confine all those that die in their sins so that sin cannot continue. The devil and his followers will be there too. Hard to think about but God made a way for all of us to escape this fate.

Here is the story of the two thieves. One became a believer and went into Paradise with Jesus, the other was lost. Which one will represent how we believe?

  • Luke 23:39  And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 
    Luk 23:40  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 
    Luk 23:41  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 
    Luk 23:42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 
    Luk 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.  

There is no soul sleep. The believing man went instantly into Paradise with Jesus at death. That is how quick we can be saved from sin also. We don't have to go out and do a bunch of good deeds to earn it. Jesus paid it all.

The Walk to Emmaus part 3

 

 
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