How can anyone, especially those of the Jewish faith, read Isaiah 53 and deny that Jesus is the Messiah? The Old Testament is their very own Bible! I guarantee they are like most Christians and have never read it. Jesus is the thread that runs the entire length of the Bible, Old, and New Testaments, and if you were to pull that thread out, it would fall apart. He was there from the beginning of Genesis clear through to Revelation. Even Isaiah, having never met him in the flesh, knew he was, and is, and is to come, because he tells us that he makes intercession for us. The King James Version says he “made” intercession; however, the version I use, The English Standard Version, says “makes.” Both are accurate because he interceded then and continues to, but the ESV shows the unbelievers that he’s still alive. The difference in these versions shows how one little letter can change an outcome of a verse and how important it is to cross-reference your preferred version to other versions. If you have a Jewish friend that denies that Jesus is the Messiah, show them Isaiah 53 in their Bible; it uses the word “made” in its version. It could change their life!
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12
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