15 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all 16 and ordered them not to make him known. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
20 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert
One of the Dead Sea Scrolls is a fragment titled "Messianic Apocalypse" (4Q521). Containing three significance sentences in comparing Qumran community beliefs with the Christian Gospels.
[the hea]vens and the earth will listen to His Messiah, and none therein will
stray from the commandments of the holy ones.
Seekers of the Lord, strengthen yourselves in His service!
All you hopeful in (your) heart, will you not find the Lord in this?
For the Lord will consider the pious (hasidim) and call the righteous by name.
Over the poor His spirit will hover and will renew the faithful with His power.
And He will glorify the pious on the throne of the eternal Kingdom.
He who liberates the captives, restores sight to the blind, straightens the b[ent]
And f[or] ever I will cleav[ve to the h]opeful and in His mercy . . .
And the fr[uit . . .] will not be delayed for anyone.
And the Lord will accomplish glorious things which have never been as [He . . .]
For He will heal the wounded, and revive the dead and bring good news
to the poor
. . .He will lead the uprooted and knowledge . . . and smoke
4q521 is a fragment found in the Qumran Community papyrus now called the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Qumran left the Second Temple because they declared the Herod picked Priests and the Herod built Stoa (where the money changers conducted all kinds of Roman led commerce) - to be void of the Spirit of God. The Community believed the end of the world was near and, indeed, that was the truth for them. They were killed in during Titus' 70 A.D. Campaign to annihilate Jerusalem and certain parts of Judea. This is the Qumran Communities belief of the actions of the Messiah. There is thought that John the Baptist spent time with the Qumran Community.
The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee
The Officials would seek Jesus' life and He being the Messiah knew this.
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
Jesus was different than the Temple rules - the lame and handicapped were not allowed in the inner Court of the Temple.
While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
During the time of Kosher, Jesus would touch a leper to heal him.
As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
The crowd wanted the blind man to be silent, he pursued his faith, his life was changed to the glory of God.
Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
Jesus heals the individual, not a sign for the public. A demonstration Jesus seeks a loving relationship, not crowd pleasing.
We see Jesus has fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah was so gloriously given. 700 years before Jesus was born. The lame walk, the deaf hear and the eyes of the blind see. All of these prophesies are fulfilled. HOWEVER, we have something in our lifetime our great grandparents did not see.....
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus Christ is still at work today.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert
Bethlehem looked the same for millenniums. This photo is only 100 years old. This is a barn or stable in Bethlehem. Our Generation is the FIRST to see Israel plant crops and trees in the wilderness. Streams of water flows in the desert of Israel. How unfortunate to also say the Bethlehem forest fights for survival as Palestinians and Israel fight over the land and God's promises.
We live in an unusual time. Father God, you have told us blessed were the eyes seeing Jesus. More blessed are those who only see by faith. In the name of Jesus, we say Thank You.