This morning at our 10.30 am service we were blessed with ministry from Matthew Maxwell-Carr. who spoke on Isiah 53 verse 1.
‘Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?’
Below are some thoughts from Matthew regarding this verse.
What kind of belief is Isaiah talking about? He’s talking about saving faith. Faith which saves. A faith which produces a changed life. A life which desires and thirsts for and longs for God and to know more of God’s Son Jesus. This is saving faith. Nothing less.
Look at the next part of this verse: ‘And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?’ Isaiah is saying one thing and then saying it again, in a different way. The Bible often does this. Says something, then says it again using other words to press the point home, to help us grasp what’s being said.
The prophet says, in effect: ‘Who has believed this gospel message? Indeed: who has the LORD revealed His arm to? Who has the LORD worked upon? Whose heart has the LORD touched? Who has really believed my gospel message?’ This is what Isaiah means. He is speaking about the kind of faith which is only produced by the miraculous power of God touching a human soul, changing that soul, changing that person for good and forever. Someone who now walks in resurrection power. Someone who would rather die than deny that Jesus Christ rules and owns all things.
Is that the kind of faith you have? No other faith will do. This is the only way to respond to this gospel message. With that kind of belief. It’s the only way to respond to this message. ‘Who has believed our message’ – believed. Have you believed? Really believed? Do you really believe? Really have faith, really trust in this gospel message as if your life depended on it?
As you think about these words, why not listen to the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. Think how you will take these thoughts on board and respond to the message.
Amazing grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
We hope these thoughts have blessed you as much as we were during the service.