Who Has Believed Our Message?

The Word of God says, He came for His own and His own received Him not. His own was the Jewish nation, and in particularly case, people from Nazareth, whose residents tried to kill Him, by pushing and driving Him out of town, leading Him to the upper part of the hill on which their town was built, that they might hurl Him headlong down (Luke 4: 29). That happened after YAHSHUA finished teaching in their synagogue. The place where He said, A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown, and among his relatives, and in his household (Mark 6:5).  In a certain occasion when the Feast of Tabernacles was drawing near, His brothers said to Him, Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples may also see the works that You do. For no one does anything in secret when he wishes to be conspicuous and secure publicity. If You do these things, show Yourself openly and make Yourself known to the world! For His brothers did not believe in Him either (John 7:2-5). So, we have the nation collectively, His town, and His family particularly refusing to believe Isaiah’s message, or not been able to answer his question, Who has believed the message? At the end of His ministry, when the days were approaching for Him to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy, the people proclaimed Him King, as He came down riding on a donkey; they celebrated Him by crying, Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest (Luke 19:38). But sadly, few days later, the same crowd of people had a different cry. Not a cry of celebration, but one of condemnation. Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Was Isaiah’s message so difficult to understand, for them not to believe? Or was it a choice they had made not to believe it? But then there were the miracles, miracles that proved Him to be the Promised Messiah. God through Isaiah said, I was inquired of by those who asked not; I was found by those who sought Me not. I said, Here I am, here I am to a nation that has not called on My name; I have spread out My hands all the day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts. (Isaiah 65:1-2).

At the teaching of YAHSHUA after He fed thousands of people, the disciples reaction to His teaching was, This is a hard and difficult and strange saying. Who can stand to hear it? (John 6:60) This was related to the prophetic message Isaiah uttered, Who has believed our message? YAHSHUA, knowing within Himself that His disciples were complaining and protesting and grumbling about it, said to them: Is this a stumbling block and an offense to you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? (John 6:62) They understood the message, but they made the decision not to believe it; for Israel was not right with God. They heard it, but did not listen to take to heart and believe for salvation; in their unbelief, they built a wall that separated them from the evidences. When the time came for His trials, YAHSHUA submitted Himself to injustice, to oppression and to the cross. Powerless? No way. Strong, very strong. He showed unprecedented strength in His quiet and submissive behavior. Some may take this as weakness, for not understanding the strength of His will submitted to His Father, God; does not understand the purpose why He left heaven to come to earth. Rebuking Peter at His arrest, when Peter struck the slave of the high Priest and cut off his ear, YAHSHUA said, Put your sword back into its place. …do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way? (Matt. 26: 52a-53). YAHSHUA would never be controlled by the spirit of fear; being equal to God, He for the purpose to save the world, endured grievous opposition and bitter hostility to accomplish the will of His Fatherin His ultimate sacrifice for humankind. The stroke He was receiving upon Himself was due to each of us. He courageously took those strokes in our place, so that we must be free from the penalty of our sins. While being rejected by His own, to whom the stroke was due, He never stopped loving them, and prayed for those who were crucifying Him. This is a tremendous message of love, don’t you think? The message that Isaiah was referring to in His description of the Messiah’s suffering. This message continues echoing today through many channels: radio, television, you-tube, websites. The world is indeed without excuses. Writing to the Romans, Paul said, For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly and discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse (Rom. 1: 20). The bitter truth of the matter is that by having rejected the message of the cross, men remain condemned.

“Who has believed our message” requires an answer. Either by the manner in which we live, or by our words.  It is expedient that we who believed the message would make it known, so others will have the opportunity to believe, as Paul said, How are they to hear without a preacher? How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings! (Rom. 10:14b). So faith comes by hearing and what is heard comes by the preaching of Messiah (vs.17) In the days of Isaiah, many years before the coming of the Messiah, he, under the inspiration of God, prophesied a solemn message with the description of the suffering of Messiah YAHSHUA.  Isaiah probably could see with prophetic eyes the rejection of Messiah, when fulfilling his prophecy. Concerned, he asks the question, Who has believed our message? For Messiah grew up in a humble, and simple life-style, acquainted with sorrow, pain, poverty. He grew up in the town of Nazareth, known to offer nothing good, as Nathanael, one is disciples when first heard about Him, asked the question, Is there anything good from Nazareth?  YAHSHUA had no money, no house to invite friends over. However, His life was a message inside a message of love, although His own would not receive Him, or His love. But instead a cross was given Him after over six hundred floggings applied to His body. As a result, His blood gushed out, but not in vain. It accomplished the purpose for which He came to earth: to heal and to save the world. Today Isaiah’s question remains alive in the waves of internet, radio, television and churches: “Who has believed our message?” Do you hear and perceive this question directed to You? Will you respond to it believing that it was and it is salvation for you?

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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