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They have been created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today, so you could not claim, "I already knew them!"
"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: "The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens says:
to him whom man despiseth
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like one people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn't value Him.
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by people.
Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads:
"He relies on the LORD; let Him rescue him; let the LORD deliver him, since He takes pleasure in him."
For I have endured insults because of You, and shame has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my brothers and a foreigner to my mother's sons
because zeal for Your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult You have fallen on me.
In one month I got rid of three shepherds. I became impatient with them, and they also detested me.
Then they spit in His face and beat Him; others slapped Him
Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads
and saying, "The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"
In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said,
"He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now-- if He wants Him! For He said, 'I am God's Son.'"
In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.
Then they all cried out together, "Take this man away! Release Barabbas to us!"
But they kept up the pressure, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And their voices won out.
They shouted back, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.
When the chief priests and the temple police saw Him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!" Pilate responded, "Take Him and crucify Him yourselves, for I find no grounds for charging Him."
But they shouted, "Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Should I crucify your king?" "We have no king but Caesar!" the chief priests answered.
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life-- a ransom for many."
For who is greater, the one at the table or the one serving? Isn't it the one at the table? But I am among you as the One who serves.
Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down to you with their faces to the ground, and lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who put their hope in Me will not be put to shame.
so He will sprinklemany nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, For they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your radiance.
Foreigners will build up your walls, and their kings will serve you. Although I struck you in My wrath, yet I will show mercy to you with My favor.
You will nurse on the milk of nations, and nurse at the breast of kings; you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
So now, kings, be wise; receive instruction, you judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with reverential awe, and rejoice with trembling.
Pay homage to the Son, or He will be angry, and you will perish in your rebellion, for His anger may ignite at any moment. All those who take refuge in Him are happy.
Ambassadors will come from Egypt; Cush will stretch out its hands to God.
May the kings of Tarshish and the coasts and islands bring tribute, the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.
And let all kings bow down to him, all nations serve him.
The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: The kingdom of the world has become the [kingdom] of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!
"This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, [this is] My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations.
The people stood watching, and even the leaders kept scoffing: "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is God's Messiah, the Chosen One!"
1 Peter 2:4
Coming to Him, a living stone-- rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God--