Let This Soak In

There
was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us
to him. He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with
deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was
despised, and we did not care.

Yet
it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And
we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own
sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten
so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like
sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the
Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

He
was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a
lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not
open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died
without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was
struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never
deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s
grave.

But
it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life
is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a
long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all
that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his
experience my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted
righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a
victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death He was counted among
the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

Isaiah 53:2-12 (NLT)

This scripture is so familiar I tend to skim over
the meaning.

You too?

But it is worth a slow, absorbing read. It describes
in detail Jesus’ torture and execution and God’s redeeming plan in His death.

Remarkably, it was written 700 years before Jesus
was born. Let that sink in.

God
always planned to redeem us through Jesus. (tweet
this)

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