Thursday, April 5, 2012

One Man For The People

Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. (John 18:12-14 KJV)

John felt that was important enough to repeat, for he wrote the same thing earlier:

And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. (John 11:49-52 KJV)

Caiaphas wasn’t the only one to make a statement which turned out to be prophetic:

And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (Genesis 22:8 KJV)

The word translated ‘burnt offering’ is  לעלה and the word translated as ‘lamb’ is  לו  השׂה.  I do wish I had spent some time learning more about the source of these words, but do appreciate the Strong’s numbers for seeking the source and meaning of the translations. It makes it easier to understand why John the Baptist would offer another prophecy as he proclaimed:

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29 KJV)

I see in the four gospels the fulfillment of Isaiah 53, wherein he describes:

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. (Isaiah 53:3 KJV)

There is so very much in Isaiah that prophecies our Lord.  Though I cannot know why, it means much to me that we understand:

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. (Isaiah 53:6 KJV)

Truly, a mystery ordained by God from the beginning, which remained unrecognized:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Corinthians 2:7-8 KJV)

Had it been recognized, had they known it, prophecy would not have been fulfilled:

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. (Isaiah 53:5 KJV)

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