JESUS – THE ARM OF GOD

JESUS – THE ARM OF GOD

Isaiah 53 is an undisputed Messianic prophesy. It describes not only the life of Jesus, but also it shows us just what happened on the cross. You see, when Jesus went to the cross, all we saw, this side of heaven, was a man being nailed to a wooden contraption, after being beaten, mocked and scorned. We could not see what was truly happening behind the scenes, we could not see that as He was punished,

“Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

Indeed, “All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

So Isaiah 53 is God’s guarantee to us, if you like, that

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

For God indeed, “…so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

And that is why

“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;...” Isaiah 53:10

For “By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:11

And this should already be of such great comfort to us, each and every time we are battling with guilt and shame; for from this we can have the confidence to know that God is for us, not against us. And since Christ bore all our iniquities, all our sins, all our shame, we don’t have to anymore.

But beloved, what if I told you there’s more? Oh yes, there is more. Because opening Isaiah 53 is this often overlooked verse.

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

Caught that last bit? ‘To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’

What a curious analogy, isn’t it? ‘The arm of the Lord’. Now, we know that in the God-head; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; they have different roles. God the Father is, in simple terms, numero uno, top man in charge. And the Holy Spirit is

“…the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26 [AMPC]
So what about Jesus? Isaiah 53 makes it very clear to us what Jesus’ role in the God-head is – The Arm of God.

Jesus is the one that gets things done. That is why He told us that when it came to the cares of the world, we should face them like this.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on….” Matthew 6:25

And why should we not worry?

“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” Matthew 6:32

So, if even the birds can “…neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” Matthew 6:31

Now, if we’re being honest, this is no different to what your pastor or counselor will tell you when you seek comfort from them in times of trouble. But, for Jesus, things are very different. For while your pastor and counselor can only, at best, give you those nuggets of wisdom and then can do no more, Jesus actually put His money where His mouth is. For when He walked the earth,

He healed the lepers (Matthew 8 and Luke 17), He healed the lady with the flow of blood (Mark 5), He raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) and Lazarus (John 11) from the dead, He turned water into wine (John 2), He healed Peter’s mother from her fever, He healed the Centurion’s servant from a distance (Matthew 8), He made the blind to see (John 9) and the lame to walk (John 5) and forgave sins. Not only that, Jesus made it His deliberate effort to reach out to the social outcasts. In fact, this was said of Him many times.

“And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” Mark 2:16

So much so that He eventually made a name for Himself,

“a friend of tax collectors and sinners” Matthew 11:19

In fact, this was His mission, by His own admission.

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Mark 2:17

Jesus was a man of action, He was truly, ‘The Arm of God’.

And don’t think that He has retired either. He is very much still working for us, in us and through us, for there were many times when He said,

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

That is why He said that if we needed anything, we should instead,

“…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Seek Him, our righteousness, and all that we need and could ever ask for, will be added to us.

You see beloved child of God, Jesus was not uttering empty comforting words when He told us not to worry. He has a very good reason for telling us not to worry, because He Himself, is the One who is going to see to our needs. For remember that Isaiah 53 ends this way.

“Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12

But you’re sitting there thinking that you are probably the last person that can be considered ‘strong’, because when it comes to faith, you waver like reeds in the wind. So Jesus will probably not want to divide the spoils with you.

Well, you may very well be right, when you say that you are weak. But remember that when it comes to the things of God, it’s not how strong you are, but how strong Jesus is, for remember that when Jesus called you to Him, He was essentially saying this to you.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:20-21

Notice how Jesus doesn’t add other criterion to ‘him who overcomes’? All we need to do is open when we hear Him and He comes in, dines with us, and suddenly, we become ‘him who overcomes’. Why is that? This is because,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

You know, when we put our faith in Jesus, we are not putting our trust in one who is simply a priest, pastor or counselor, though those things He most surely are. When we put our faith in Jesus, we are putting our trust in the only One who can actually do anything about our situation, ‘the Arm of God’.

So step forth with this revelation at the front of your head and in the innermost parts of your heart and know that whenever you ask of Jesus, it will truly be that,

“…whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

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