Tomorrow we will be reading together, responsively, Isaiah 53:1-6.
"Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-- every one-- to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
What an amazing passage of scripture that speaks about what Christ would do for his people, that he would ‘bear our griefs’ and ‘carry our sorrow’, that he would be ‘stricken and smitten by God and afflicted,’ that he would be ‘pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities,’ that on Christ ‘the Lord has laid the iniquity of us all,’ and that ‘upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace.’ Peace with God! What an amazing truth! We didn’t deserve any of it. It is we who should have hung on that cross for all eternity, yet God in his amazing grace and mercy chose to send his son to take our place. Tomorrow let us look forward with great anticipation to worshipping our God and King!
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