“Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his GOD. Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.” – Isaiah 50: 10-11
“While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.” – Matthew 26: 47
Among the many preludes concerning the arrival of the LORD in Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, there is a couple of verses that also signify this arrival. There are many similarities between prophecy that Isaiah gave to what transpired in the New Testament. One of the main themes is the idea of a suffering servant. While many were looking for a messiah that would set up a world government, GOD decided to change this by giving us a suffering servant that would bear our sins and free us from our iniquities for all time. Instead of giving us political and economical clout to indulge our passions, we were given a suffering servant that took our sin on a wooden cross and followed the will of the LORD to give us everlasting life.
This distinction is seen in multiple verses in Isaiah. One of the verses that rarely gets discussed is the Isaiah 50:10-11 verses which state of the time when Jesus Christ was going to be betrayed by Judas Iscariot and the Sanhedrin. In this example, we are reminded that Jesus is a servant who washes the feet of his disciples, feeds his apostles, and shelters them from the storm. He is the light that allows us to see in the darkness of the world. Therefore, we trust in the name of the LORD and rely on the Father.
As Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane, we are reminded that the events that transpired were in the night. He told his disciples many times to keep watch since the time was at hand. He knew that He was going to be betrayed by whom, for what reason, for what purpose, and in what manner all before it happened because He accepted the will of the Father. Through this we are able to see that Jesus submits to the will of the Father. We are reminded that we are able to submit to the will of the Father before it is too late. We are able to submit to salvation and ever lasting life rather than suffer the consequences of our sins. I am not stating this as a pharisee or scribe who thinks he never sins, but as a sinner who has been redeemed by the blood of the lamb and the word of His testimony.
While Jesus was taken to the cross and became a sacrificial atoning sacrifice for the good of humanity, He will return as a lion ready to judge the nations. The suffering servant is now the reigning monarch who will judge according to our decisions. Pray to GOD the Father and listen to what He has to say before it is too late. Nothing in this world is worth the turmoil and pain that will accompany an errant decision to go after the temporary objects of this world. As we see in the Isaiah 50:10-11 verses the burning torches and those carrying them signify those who took Jesus and placed a judgment. It is everyone who denies the Son and denies the gift of grace and salvation that His blood gave you on the cross.
Just as Judas and the band of those who sought to judge Jesus in the night were destined for shame, guilt, and condemnation, so are those who choose to reject his free gift. I am not condemning or laying any charge before you. You have the ability to choose if you want salvation or not. If you have denied him the past, He is still waiting for you to change your mind. Peter denied him on that night and was forgiven. Likewise, you still have an opportunity to get right before biblical revelatory events begin.