Why Would You Want Jesus in the Flesh When You Can Have Him in the Spirit?

Some people long for a physical Second Coming of Christ.  This is neither wise nor scriptural.  Even during His earthly ministry, Jesus corrected those who preferred physical realities to spiritual ones:

Luke 11:27 While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.”
Luke 11:28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

Thus Jesus makes clear that physical proximity to Him is of no significance, but doing the word of God is.

It was always God’s plan that Jesus would come to the earth in the flesh but come the second time in the spirit.  For this reason Paul wrote:

2 Corinthians 5:16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.

Christ already came in the flesh.  And He’s already come in the spirit as well.  The only place left for Christ to come is your consciousness.  Invite Him in, and provide for Him an eternal home.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:10 – Messiah Quenches Spiritual Thirst Through His Spirit

Isaiah 49:10 “They will not hunger or thirst,
Nor will the scorching heat or sun strike them down;
For He who has compassion on them will lead them
And will guide them to springs of water.

Isaiah prophesies of Jesus who would come to satisfy the hunger and quench the thirst of those seeking righteousness:

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Jesus points out here that Isaiah’s words spoke of a better kind of water:

John 4:13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;
John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Jesus promises here the never-ending supply of living water through His Holy Spirit:

John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
John 7:39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Thus Isaiah’s words were fulfilled in Messiah – specifically, the Spirit whom Messiah gives.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:9 – The Son Sets Us Free

Isaiah 49:9 Saying to those who are bound, ‘Go forth,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
Along the roads they will feed,
And their pasture will be on all bare heights.

This verse speaks of Jesus the Messiah.  He says to those who are bound in sin, “Go forth!”  And He says to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”

As the New Testament says of Jesus:

John 3:19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
John 3:21 “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Truly, Messiah sets us free:  “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:8 – Christ Has Brought About the Day of Salvation

Isaiah 49:8 Thus says the LORD,
“In a favorable time I have answered You,
And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
And I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people,
To restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;

These words Isaiah wrote in prophecy of the days of Christ.  As Paul himself wrote to the church in Corinth, quoting this verse:

2 Corinthians 6:1 And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain–
2 Corinthians 6:2 for He says,
“AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”–

Thus Paul and the rest of the apostles are continually demonstrating their belief that what we call the Old Testament Scriptures are all about Christ.  (For more on this idea, see The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ.)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:7 – The Despised One Became the Honored One

Isaiah 49:7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One,
To the despised One,
To the One abhorred by the nation,
To the Servant of rulers,
“Kings will see and arise,
Princes will also bow down,
Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”

How can “the despised One,” “the One abhorred by the nation,” also be the One whom “Kings will see” and “princes will bow down,” unless it is Jesus Christ – crucified and raised from the dead!

These kings and princes are certainly included among the “every knee” that Paul mentioned in this glorious refrain:

Philippians 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Philippians 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Philippians 2:11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

As it says in Psalm 118:22, “the stone which the builders rejected became the chief corner stone.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:6 – Messiah Was a Light of Revelation to the Gentiles

Is 49:6 He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also make You a light of the nations
So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Isaiah is prophesying of Jesus, as is confirmed by Luke’s quotation of this verse in his gospel when he describes Jesus being brought to the temple as an infant.  A devout elderly man named Simeon applied Isaiah’s words to Jesus, saying the child was:

Luke 2:32 A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Paul also applies this verse to Jesus and what He was doing through the church in the New Testament when he said:

Acts 13:47 “For so the Lord has commanded us,
‘I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES,
THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.'”

Thus Isaiah 49:6 testifies of Messiah, as do all the Scriptures of the prophets.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:5 – Jesus Came to Bring Israel Back to God

Isaiah 49:5 And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him
(For I am honored in the sight of the LORD,
And My God is My strength),

Jesus came to bring back Israel to God.  For this reason, Peter wrote:

1 Peter 2:25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Jesus was formed from the womb to be God’s servant, to gather the people of God.  For this reason, the Gospel of John says:

John 11:51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
John 11:52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

Jesus is still gathering the scattered children of God today.  Where He is lifted up, all men are draw to Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:4 – From Nothing and Vanity to Justice and Reward

Isaiah 49:4 But I said, “I have toiled in vain,
I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;
Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD,
And My reward with My God.”

When Jesus died on the cross, it certainly appeared that he had “toiled in vain,” and “spent his strength for nothing and vanity.”  However, his resurrection from the dead was “the justice due him and his reward from his God.”

In the crucifixion, Messiah had suffering (that’s the first two lines of Isaiah 49:4).  In the resurrection, however, Messiah had glory (that’s the last two lines of Isaiah 49:4).

For more on Messiah’s sufferings and glories, see Index to Posts on Sufferings and Glories.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:3 – Messiah Is the One Through Whom God Is Showing His Glory

Isaiah 49:3 He said to Me, “You are My Servant, Israel,
In Whom I will show My glory.”

Isaiah is prophesying of Jesus our Lord – the Messiah of Israel.  Messiah was God’s ultimate servant.  All the prophets served God, but none as greatly as the Messiah did.

God did show His glory in Messiah, and is still doing so – and will be doing so throughout all eternity.  Messiah’s rule was “the administration suitable to the fulness of times” as Paul writes:

Ephesians 1:10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth…

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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Isaiah 49:2 – Messiah Is the Arrow of God

Isaiah 49:2 He has made My mouth like a sharp sword,
In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me;
And He has also made Me a select arrow,
He has hidden Me in His quiver.

God made Jesus’ mouth to be “like a sharp sword.”  Thus the apostle John in the book of Revelation writes:

Revelation 19:15  From His mouth comes a sharp sword…

Messiah was hidden until his time.  Then he was revealed.  But even then, he was revealed to Israel and not to the great emperor in Rome.  The task of announcing His coming fell to His humble disciples.

Messiah was an arrow to the heart of God’s enemies.  Satan is defeated by him!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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