Thank You

My journey through the Bible In A Year took me to Isaiah 53 this morning.  Whenever I read these words, my heart is filled with wonder again.  It’s incredible to think how these words were written several hundred years before Christ came to the earth.

These verses might be ones you have read or heard many times in your life.  I see them quoted most often around Easter.  But today, I hope you will read them again and take a moment to think about them.  Let their truth sink into your heart.

Who has believed our message?
To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
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.

Several hundred years before Christ!

After reading these verses, what are your initial thoughts?  Which verses speak loudest to you?

A rush of gratitude comes over me whenever I get to the verse that reads,

“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.”

Thank you, Lord. Thank you for spanning the gap.

Linking up with Shari today for Legacy Leaver Thursdays.

 

3 thoughts on “Thank You

  1. Pam

    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.

    Those words echo deeply in my heart for one I’ve long prayed for…and a word the Lord has been speaking to me about victory. How he fights for us! I love this version… the honors of a victorious soldier. Coupled with the glorious photo here that speaks to me of heaven reaching down for someone on my heart, this is greatly moving to me today. thank you.

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