I opened my electronic Bible this morning and began reading Isaiah 53.
“1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?” And with these words I see Jesus before many who turn away from Him. That is so vivid in John 6 where He feeds the multitudes gathered mostly for a free meal and He gives a challenge to them. They turn away from Him from that point on.
“2 For he grew up…like a root…” I clearly see what we are waiting to celebrate right now: His coming as a baby and growing up as a normal Jewish boy.
“3 He was despised and rejected by men;” With this I see him attacked by the Jewish hierarchy in John 8 and John 10.
“a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;” The lowly Jesus is the embodiment of compassion and love for others. The widow of Naan is a perfect example. He quelled the grief, the sorrrow and the shame of the prostitute of John 8.
“4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;” “5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Do you see Him on the Cross taking your sins and mine? He died so that we might live. He not only paid for and took away the penalty for our sins, He died to give us so much more…abundant life (John 10:10). Nothing on earth satisfies the longings in the human soul better than having Him supernaturally fill the soul.
“7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” There is not a more vivid description of Jesus’ approach and temperament as He was tried for crimes He did not commit. (Matthew & Luke) He knew His time had come and He freely allowed evil to do its dirty work for the glory that was to come. He knew. He submitted. He won. We win. He reigns even now as a result.
“he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? … although he had done no violence,” See the crucifixion on the Cross and His quick death. He died for the crimes of many others having not committed a single sin Himself.
“9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death,” They quickly took down His body and placed that body in a rich man’s tomb. That body disappeared from that tomb–the flesh nor bones were never produced to prove otherwise.
“11 …shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.” Jesus, the righteous one, died for our sins(iniquities) as told by Matthew, Mark and Luke.
As I finished reading this passage I realized that I was not reading documentation of what happened historically in Jesus’ life. I was reading a description of what was was to happen to Him written hundreds of years before the events of His life.
What a wonderful, marvelous revelation of events occurring in a small place and with worldwide implications.
Contemplate with me the significance of these events. Will you let them (Him) impact you?
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