I gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
from disgrace and spitting. Is 50: 6
I’ve always been a big fan of Bible Prophecy. I was drawn to the importance of prophetic scriptures some 36 years ago, when I gave my life to Jesus. When I became born from above.
This passage from Isaiah gives us a very clear picture of what Messiah will endure. It’s prophetic implications are staggering and the passage reveals this with great specificity.
In this passage we see three statements the first being: I gave my back to those who strike.
Think about the brutal, barbaric scourging Jesus went through at the hands of the Romans. I’m reminded of Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. We see Jesus tied to the whipping post. His back is arched and on either side stands a Roman soldier with a cruel tool of punishment, the Roman Flagrum.
This tool of torture had three leather-strands attached to a short, wooden handle. On the ends of the leather cords were shards of glass or metal. The Roman soldier would land it on the victim and then, with a flick of his wrist, tear the skin open.
Jesus was left a bloody mess at the end of the scourging. In fact, had a few more lashes been given He would have died on the whipping post.
Another interesting fact is that The Shroud of Turin shows the marks of the whipping and of the Roman Flagrum.
The next part of the prophecy tells us the beard was plucked from the face. Again, this is incredibly painful and excruciating. This is what Jesus endured for the sins of all mankind.
This was the work of Satan who wanted to kill Jesus from the moment he discovered He was Messiah. However, as Jesus told His disciples: No man takes my life, I offer it freely.
The final prophecy tells us this: I hid not my face
from disgrace and spitting.
When Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin he was spit upon and His face slapped by the servant of the High Priest. Then again, the Romans hit him and mocked him as the continued their torture.
Finally, Jesus was crucified and with His death fulfilled many other prophetic scriptures.
The Bible tells us: we are healed by HIS stripes.
The Blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sins.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He laid His life down willingly to set us free from the bondage of sin, death and our own depravity.
He loves us/you and knows you better than you know yourself.
Come to him today. He will set you free.
From your sins, from the bondage that you may be in.
Confess Him as Lord and Savior ask Him into your heart today. Today is the day of salvation.