Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. 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. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53 KJV)
As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, have you wondered why Jesus died on Wednesday evening and resurrected on Saturday evening? Most Christians believe that He died on Good Friday and resurrected at the sunrise on Sunday. According to the Scripture, this concept of Jesus’ time of death and resurrection is incorrect. According to Matthew 11:40, Jesus gave the time of Jonah as when He would be in the tomb and His resurrection. That’s 72 hours (3 days x 24 hours), not 36 hours (12 hours x 3 days or 1 day and 2 nights). Also, Jesus’ resurrection must meet the requirement of High Sabbath.
The word Easter doesn’t relate to Jesus’ resurrection. However, the word Easter in Acts 12:4 (KJV) refers to Passover. No wonder why there has been mixed up between Easter and Resurrection Sunday.
Romans 5:8 tells us why Jesus died for us: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God knew that people cannot pay for their sins because of their stubbornness. 2000 years ago, God brought His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and resurrect on the third day, so He could be with us. He is our Emmanuel. There are no other religions to explain this great love. Not from Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam, Jehovah Witness, and other secular religions.
Isaiah didn’t just dream this horrific event of his future Messiah. God gave him this prediction, so he could tell about this Messiah to his people and to the upcoming generation.
If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.