Make Him Known
Sunday, August 12, 2018
New Testament writers referred frequently to Isaiah when they claimed the Old Testament predicted the coming of Jesus as the Messiah or as we know Him, the Christ.
A careful reading of the New Testament should convince you that Jesus was the fulfillment of these prophecies. It will also prove to you that the early church was convinced that Jesus was not only God’s messenger, but He was in fact one with God. Jesus clearly stated this to be true. This is what He came to proclaim.
One reason the religious leaders in Jerusalem were against Him is that they understood what He was saying. They understood that He was claiming to be equal with God, to be One with Him. For someone to make such a claim was outrageous, unless it were true.
One author put it this way: “Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord.”
To claim to be God even today you would be thought to have lost your mind, or you are lying. Many were convinced that Jesus was actually who He claimed to be. Quite a few of them gave their lives because they believed it so firmly.
For 2000 years now, the followers of Jesus Christ have refused to be ignored. They have stood their ground and proclaimed that He is indeed One with God. He gave us the command to lead others to put their faith in Him, that is, to make disciples of people in all nations.
When we put our faith in Jesus Christ we are putting our faith in God. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are accepting that our salvation comes from God, Our Creator.
As we worship God, we would do well to remember that we are at the same time worshipping Jesus, the Christ and the Holy Spirit. The three are one. Jesus’ life did not begin when he was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary. The name of Jesus means Jehovah Saves. He is Immanuel, God with us.
Listen to these words of Isaiah.
12:1 In that day you will say:
"I will praise you, O Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. 2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (NIV)
Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah and others. God chose Israel to be the people through whom He would save you and me.
“Surely God is my Salvation.” This is what we proclaim today. "I will praise you, O Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.” We continue to fulfill the prophecies of Isaiah as we worship and serve Our Lord.
Down through the ages Christians have been declaring these truths. History is full of those who gave their lives because they would not be silent about these truths.
We are called to surrender to God and accept His free gift of salvation. He came to us through His servant Mary. He became flesh and dwelt among us. He calls us to follow Him.
We are the children of the living God.
We recognize God’s right to judge us. We accept that we were sinners cut off from God by our rebellion, by our refusal to trust and obey God. We believe that He has loved us and through the work of Christ we have a second chance… and even a third and fourth and so on.
We believe that because of what Jesus did, we have been restored to a relationship with God. We were lost, now we are found.
We serve God. We serve our living Savior. God did not leave Him to rot in the grave. He rose from death and is once again with the Father. His Holy Spirit has come and lives within us to teach us how to live in the relationship with God that Jesus purchased for us with His spilled blood.
We have the comforting presence of God with us. We praise Him. He was angry with us but now offers forgiveness and peace with Him as a free gift. Have you accepted the gift of life that He offers?
Isaiah said, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” This salvation is ours. When Jesus spoke with the Samaritan women at the well. He spoke of living water. If we drink of this living water, our deepest need, our need for God, will be filled. We can drink freely from the wells of salvation.
Trust God to love you. Trust God to forgive you. Trust God to lead you and to truly be the Lord of your life. He has a plan for you. Are you seeking His plan? Or are you still going your own way and living life your own way?
“The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." This is who Jesus is to me. Is this who Jesus is to you? Has He become your salvation?
We do not need to walk in obedience to God out of fear. We walk in obedience to God because He loves us and we are His children, learning what it means to be true to the God who created us.
4 In that day you will say:
"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. 6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you." (NIV)
When Christ becomes your salvation, you will give thanks. You will proclaim His name and exalt Him above every other name. We will sing praises to God for this is a most glorious thing He has done.
“Make known among the nations what He has done.” (NIV)
Jesus said it this way: “As you are going, make disciples of all nations.”
We are called to share the good news with all peoples. Our part is to share it where He puts us. If He calls us to go to other lands, we will declare these truths to the people there. If He calls us to stay at home, we will declare these things to the people around us. We are to tell everyone the good news we have learned.
The Lord will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land. Aliens will join them and unite with the house of Jacob.
We are the aliens. We are the Gentiles. We are the nations. We fulfill Isaiah’s prophecies. The Bride of Christ, the people of God, the disciples of Christ, the Church of God, all who are following Jesus, we are those who have accepted the message from God that He used His chosen people to bring to us.
We rejoice as we come together to give praise and thanksgiving to the God who made us, to the God who loves us so much He refused to give up on us. He refused to give up on humankind. He so loved us that He gave His Only Begotten Son so that anyone who puts their faith in Him and follows Him will be saved.
Saved, we are saved. We are born of the Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit living in us. We have been restored to fellowship with God. No wonder we get happy in our church services. No wonder we cry and shout and sing songs of praise to Him who loves us.
Have you joined the family of God? You can, if you have not. Are you walking in fellowship with God Almighty? You can if you are not.
Perhaps you were rejoicing at one time because you have received this great gift, but you have drifted away from the commitment to proclaim Him to those around you. I would encourage you to renew your commitment to telling this great good news to those around you. Tell them God loves them and He is their rightful Lord. Encourage them to come and follow Him with us.
Lead them by your example to love God and love people. According to our Lord, this is God’s most important command to us.