Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday Contrast

I thought it would be interesting to take the words of Isaiah, a prophet from among the Jews, written almost a thousand years before the crucifixion of Christ, and contrast them with the words of the New Testament. Interesting and contemplative reading during this important day:

ISAIAH (750 years before the birth of Jesus)
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

MATTHEW
Jesus said “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

ISAIAH (750 years before the birth of Jesus)
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.”

LUKE
and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

ISAIAH (750 years before the birth of Jesus)
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.

MARK
The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, "Hail, king of the Jews!" Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

ISAIAH (750 years before the birth of Jesus)
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

JOHN
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull. Here they crucified him (nailed him to the cross), and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews." Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."







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1 comments:

Liza's Eyeview said...

WOW! What parallels...what a fulfillment...

”...the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

somewhere in I Corinthians