Isaiah 53 is probably one of the most well known chapters in Isaiah. The poetry is beautiful, particularly due to the subject matter.
It is so clear from this passage that the Messiah would be a suffering servant, not a military victor, and yet the latter is what the Jews were expecting, and the majority of them refused to accept Isaiah 53's Messiah.
How often are we too, blinded by what we want to see, rather than what is true?
Jesus was the only perfect and innocent human being who ever lived, and yet He willingly took on the sins of the entire world, along with yours and mine. He took the punishment we deserved. And truly, the most difficult part of it for Jesus must have been when His Father poured out all His holy wrath on His Son. We simply do not grasp the seriousness of sin enough to truly comprehend how terrible that would have been.
the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all....it was the will of the Lord to crush him
I am so thankful Jesus was willing to humble Himself like that for me! So thankful that with everlasting love [He] will have compassion on [me]. And yet, how quickly we take it for granted or live as though it is insignificant to us.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Isaiah 56-58, Mark 13:21-37
As you mentioned Tammy, Jesus took the punishment that we deserved, so we need to always have Isaiah 55:8 in the back of our minds:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways."
It was our sinful, selfish ways that put Jesus on the cross, we need to return to God daily so that we can continually become more like Him!
And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
We cannot put our faith and our trust into the things made by man. All these things can be destroyed in the blink of an eye. It is when we put our faith and trust in Jesus that we can truly live. His sacrifice can not be destroyed.
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