Summary: You ought to Stand up and Speak up for Jesus!!!!
Topic: Stand up and speak up for Jesus Christ.
Isaiah, whose name means “Salvation of Jehovah” is one of the 4 major prophets of the Old Testament along with Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. As a Old Testament prophet, Isaiah prophesied to the southern tribe of Israel, which was the tribe of Judah, and he also prophesied to the people who lived in the city of Jerusalem. In his prophetic ministry, Isaiah had warned the people to turn from their wicked ways, and to return to worshipping and serving the true and living God. Isaiah had warned the people in his day and time that if they continued with their wicked ways, Isaiah said that God was going to send a nation from the north, which was Babylon, to destroy the city of Jerusalem, and to take the people of Judah into captivity for 70 years.
Not only did Isaiah prophesied and warned the people of Judah, but he also prophesied to other nations as well, warning them too, to repent from sinning, and to worship and serve the true and living God, or else God was going to bring judgment upon them as well.
Now the book of Isaiah itself is likened unto the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible has 66 books , while the book of Isaiah has 66 chapters in itself..
The Holy Bible has two divisions. The first division of the Holy Bible is the Old Testament with 39 books that deals with the law of God. And the second part of the Holy Bible is the New Testament with 27 books that deals with the grace of God.
Likewise, the book of Isaiah has two divisions in itself. The first 39 chapters in the book of Isaiah deals with God’s judgement, His anger with his people, while the last 27 chapters in the book of Isaiah deals with God comforting his people with his love and mercy.
Now the most important person spoken of in the Holy Bible is Jesus Christ himself, and guess what? The most important person in the book of Isaiah is Jesus Christ himself. How and why you may asked? Because in the book of Isaiah, Isaiah prophesied many things concerning Jesus Christ. In matter of fact, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the birth of Jesus Christ 700 years before He was born, for He says in Isaaih 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign, Behold, a virgin shall concieve, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, which means God with us.”
He also said this in Isaiah 9:6, where he says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Last but not least, Isaiah prophesied about the death of Jesus Christ, for He says in Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgression, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Now in Isaiah chapter 6 versed 1-8, we read about Isaiah’s heavenly vision of Lord God Almighty, and how he had responded to the call to the prophetic ministry. Now in today’s time, we may not see the Lord like Isaiah had saw Him in his heavenly vision in his day and time in Isaiah 6:1-8, but yet we can still see the Lord. That is, we can still see Lord for who he is and what he is in the Word of God because the Word of God reveals to us who the Lord is.
Now, it must be understood that just as Isaiah had been called by God to the prophetic ministry, all of us, whether you know it not, has been called by God. Your calling may not be like my calling, but we both been called by God. My calling may not be like your calling but yet we both have been called by God.
You see, when God calls us, He first calls us to salvation. He calls us to repent of our sins and come to Jesus Christ to be saved and to receive salvation for your souls. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus ,and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved..
Now after the calling to salvation comes the second calling, and the second calling is the call to discipleship. The call to discipleship is the call to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. It is the call to live the Christ-like, or the Christian lifestyle. But to live the Christian life style, one must always be in prayer daily. One must take time out to read, memorize, study ,and to obey the Word of God. One must belong, attend, and fellowship with a bible believing Church where Jesus Christ is Lord, and is preached. One must always praise and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. One must always attend Bible study and Sunday School so you can learn more about Jesus Christ and how you should live for him on a daily basis. In other words, one must be willing to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.