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Jesus is The Gospel of Isaiah (Luke 4) Part 1

The Gospel writer Luke narrates how Jesus began His ministry with a bang in His hometown:     

Luke 4

16 He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. 

17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it was written:

18 The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
     because He has anointed Me
     to preach good news to the poor.
     He has sent Me
     to proclaim freedom to the captives
     and recovery of sight to the blind,
     to set free the oppressed,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

  Jesus knew these Scriptures backwards and forwards. Not only was He able to debate and discuss the Bible from a very young age (Luke 2:41-50), but He never ceased to speak it. As we saw in verse 16 (italics mine):

"As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read."

  Other translations render the phrase thus:

  "As was Hi…

Jesus is Malachi's YHWH

In the Old Testament Book of Malachi, the prophet speaks to an embattled and persecuted Israel (text in parentheses mine),    

  "You have wearied the LORD (YHWH) with your words.
   Yet you ask, “How have we wearied Him?”
   When you say, “Everyone who does what is evil is good in the LORD’s (YHWH's) sight, and He is pleased with them,” or “Where is the God of justice?” Malachi 2:17

  Israel is oppressed and losing hope, and so, to the question, “Where is the God (Elohiym) of justice?,” YHWH replies,

“See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire—see, He is coming,” says the LORD of Hosts." Malachi 3:1(see also Isaiah 40:3-5)

  Note YHWH's words carefully. He says (italics mine for emphasis),

  "I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me... the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple... He is coming."


Jesus is Isaiah's YHWH (Gospel of John)

In the Book of Isaiah, the prophet tells of a literally earthshaking encounter with the Living God: 
 1 "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe filled the temple.
 2 Seraphim were standing above Him; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
 3 And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;     His glory fills the whole earth." 
 4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
 5 Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined     because I am a man of unclean lips     and live among a people of unclean lips,     and because my eyes have seen the King,     the Lord of Hosts." Isaiah 6:1-3
  More than 700 years later, the Apostle John wrote (text in brackets mine):
37 "Even though [Jesus] had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in Him. 
41 Isaiah said th…

Hear O Israel... Jesus is Lord!

More than 3,400 years ago, the prophet Moses penned these words:
  “Listen, Israel:     The Lord our God, the Lord is One."         Deuteronomy 6:4 
  Transliterating from the Hebrew:
  "Shema Yisrael YHWH Elohim (plural) echad (one) YHWH." 
  Or, literally, 
  "Hear, Israel, YHWH our God(s) One YHWH."
  More than 1,400 years later, Jesus was approached by a scribe and asked, 
  “Which command is the most important of all?”
  And Jesus replied, confirming Moses' words:
“This is the most important... Listen, Israel! 
    The Lord our God, the Lord is One." 
    Mark 12:29

  We have already shown in a previous article how the Hebrew word for "one" in Deuteronomy 6:4 is "echad," which refers, not to a numerical oneness but to a oneness of unity, much like a husband and a wife are one (see link below). This, in contrast to the Hebrew word, "yachid," which refers to a numerical oneness.
  We have also seen how the God of Abraham, Isaac and…

Who is the Good Shepherd?

by Chris Terry
  Jesus gives this answer clearly in John 10:14, 

  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me..."

  The good shepherd of what? 


  Wooly animals that are kept in fields? 

  No, people. Us.

  So who is Jesus to call Himself our “Good Shepherd?" 

  He explains this further in the passage: 

 7 “... Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 

 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 

 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture." John 10

  And it was not only for the Israelites Jesus would be Shepherd, as He alludes to further into the passage here (italics mine for emphasis): 

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 

15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 

16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too wi…

Jesus the "Ascender"

If there's anyone Whose words you always want to read carefully, it's Jesus, because no one knows the truth better than He does. 

  Listen to what He says in John 3:12-13, 

12 "If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about things of heaven?

13 No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven—the Son of Man." John 3

  There it is, another double whammy from Jesus.

  First here, Jesus claims to have knowledge which no one else has. 

  And when Jesus says, "no one," you know He means no one. No king, no prophet, no messiah... no one. 

  But to continue, let us paraphrase the latter part of verse 13:

"Only One has descended from heaven, the Son of Man," which is Jesus.

  No mere man can say he descended from heaven. 

  When Jesus says He is the only One who has descended from heaven, think about what He is saying.

  He's saying He didn't just come from …

YHWH, Provider of the Lamb

The question has been asked many, many times:

  Couldn’t God have saved us without sacrificing Jesus?

  Without delving into deep theological issues which are beyond our pay grade anyway, the long and short of it is that God could not compromise His holiness and perfect justice through the use of a punitive shortcut. 

  On the one hand, God's holiness demanded a sinless sacrifice. The full price for the sin of man, yours and mine, had to be paid though a perfectly holy sacrifice. 

  On the other hand, His mercy and love would not leave us damned to Hell for eternity. Since man is not sinless and is therefore incapable of meeting God's standard for that sacrifice, God sent us His One and Only Son to be that Sacrifice.

  Where the First Adam had failed to follow YHWH's orders to the letter, God would send a Second Adam Who would obey Him, no matter the personal cost. 

  Where the First Adam had been unable to resist temptation and live sinlessly, God would send a Second Adam to …