Isaiah 51:1-53:12; Ephesians 5:1-23; Psalm 69:19-36; Proverbs 24:7
Reading Isaiah today and hearing the prophet’s words about my Savior, I wanted to make this post personal. I encourage you to meditate on Isaiah’s words, drinking in the truth about our human condition and the awesomeness of our Lord.
“Surely he has borne my griefs
and carried my sorrows;
yet I esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for my transgressions;
he was crushed from my iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that
brought me peace,
and with his stripes I am healed.
I, like a sheep, have gone astray;
I have turned to my own way;
and the Lord laid on him
all my iniquity.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,and like a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression, and judgement he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the
stricken for my transgressions?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
…yet he bore my sins
and made intercession for me.”
Isaiah 53:4-10, 12
Dearest Jesus, you did this all for me–and for every single person who’s ever lived and will live. Such a sacrifice is beyond understanding! Because of you, I, too can live–forgiven and free. Thank you for your love and mercy–and obedience to the Father–that led you to the cross, to suffer and die for my sins–and the sins of the world. May I live in humble adoration this day and serve you with joy in my heart. May I imitate you and live as light in this dark world. In your name I pray, Amen.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us an gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2