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Prophecy foretelling Jesus' Life
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Label the modern day servant of Christ whatever you will - Pastor, Priest, Minister, Shepherd, etc. Behind the servant's label, is the same Jesus described below, within each who have yielded to the deep call of sacrificial living before Almighty God.
Should our calling to minister, have the Life of Jesus living in and through us, be any less intense than the below chapter from Isaiah?
The below chapter from the book of Isaiah, in the Old Testament, was written somewhere around 700BC.

Isaiah 53 KJV

"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."

This Life of ministry should be no surprise when we read Isaiah 53, as the Life of Jesus beats in the ministering heart even now.

It is expected that the lonely, narrow path will find those called to it: misunderstood, rejected, attacked, mocked, filled with grief and sorrows, despised by most, of no account, burdened, shamed and so much more along these lines.
The world hates the Light of Christ within those ministering and even believers often distance themselves from the potential disruption it may bring them, by the conviction they would rather avoid.
What do these servants do then?

Be available to those who have needs that Jesus wants you to meet. Passionately forgive and bless those who shamelessly abuse all efforts poured into their lives and needs. Pray for those who stand against you as fierce enemies. Bear the false accusations, rumours and scorn from the bitter and jealous souls, that may arise - pray for them, bless them and love them in Jesus Name. Pray for greater abundance for those already blessed and be happy for them. In faith, with no visible reward, give all you can in Jesus Name. Tirelessly press on to give even more daily, moment by moment even.
The examples above, are a fraction of an endless list of attitudes and actions, required of the servant of God. The theme, spirit and functions always along the same lines ...
As the Life of Jesus is poured into you and the overflowing Holy Spirit moves within you, keep none for yourself, as you become the vessel God intended you to be - take no thought of yourself, as your life is spent for those who need Jesus.
God bless you.
Much love in Christ our Lord,
Friday, 12 October 2018
Cape Town, South Africa


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