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Devotional - week of August 7, 2005


WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  Isaiah 53:1

These words are part of the servant passage found in Isaiah 52:13 through 53:12. It is a prophecy of Jesus’ death, resurrection, and His reigning in power.

The uniqueness of one dying for the sins of others, and being raised from the dead, and then reigning in power prompts the questions, “Who has believed our report?” and “To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

In Romans 10:16 Paul quotes the first question and then gives an interpretive statement of the second question when he writes, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The Greek word translated “word” means “the spoken word.” God speaks the words of salvation through Jesus to spiritual ears.

The servant passage revealed that Jesus would die for our sins. The New Testament teaches additional aspects of Jesus’ crucifixion.

In Romans 5:12-14a, Paul shows that Adam, the head of the human race, infected himself and the human race with a sin problem and a death problem. Paul then adds that Adam is a type of Christ. This means that Jesus heads up a race and some things true of Him become true of all those who enter His race. One of those things is His crucifixion. All believers have been spiritually crucified.

The believer’s spiritual crucifixion is so astonishing that it also prompts the two questions in Isaiah 53:1. “Who has believed this report? To whom has the arm of the Lord revealed?”

Some unbelievers understand that Jesus died for them, but they have not turned to Him for salvation. They have not received the divine work which results in saving faith. Many students of the New Testament know that their old man—their sin nature and all it has produced in them—is crucified. But all have not had that inner work of God which results in their experiencing their crucifixion.

Those of us who know and experience our crucifixion can praise God that He has done that inner work of revelation in us.

We can also pray for all believers to have the same revelation that they might experience their spiritual crucifixion with Christ.