Something that strikes me over and over as I read the gospel accounts of Jesus' death is how completely in control He is. Nothing that happens takes Him by surprise. Everything took place exactly as it was supposed to at the exact time it was supposed to - down to men carrying jars of water at the right place at the right time. He laid down His life on His own accord in order to save us.
I'm going to quote a few portions from my Life Application Study Bible on our Isaiah passage....
(59:1-14) Sin offends our holy God and separates us from him. Because God is holy, he cannot ignore, excuse, or tolerate sin as though it didn't matter. Sin cuts people off from him, forming a wall to isolate God from the people he loves. No wonder this long list of wretched sins makes God angry and forces him to look the other way. People who did with their life of sin unforgiving separate themselves eternally from God. God wants them to live with him forever, but he cannot take them into his holy presence unless their sin is removed.
Jesus is the only One who can rescue His people from sin.
(59:21) When the Holy Spirit dwells within his people, they change. Their former desires no longer entice them; now their chief aim is to please God. We who are Christians today are the heirs of this prophecy; we are able to respond to God's will and distinguish between good and evil because the Holy Spirit dwells within us.
(60:1ff) As we read these promises, we long for their fulfillment. But we must patiently wait for God's timing. He is in control of history, and he weaves together all our lives into his plan.
(61:1,2) Jesus quoted these words in Luke 4:18-19. As he read to the people in the synagogue, he stopped in the middle of 61:2 after the words, "to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Rolling up the scroll, he said, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:21). The next phrase in 61:2, "and the day of vengeance of our God," will come true when Jesus returns to earth again. We are now under God's favor; his wrath is yet to come.
61:6 Under the old covenant, God ordained the priests of Israel to stand between him and his people. They brought God's word to the people and the people's needs and sins to God. Under the new covenant, all believers are priests of the Lord (1 Peters 2:5), reading God's Word and seeking to understand it, confessing their sins directly to God, and ministering to others.
How often I take my Bible (all the many versions that I have lying around the house!) for granted. So thankful for this blog and the accountability factor that has assisted me in reading and studying God's precious Word.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Isaiah 62-64, Mark 14:27-53