Whenever I read the description of the Suffering Servant in the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter 53, I’m struck by that opening verse. “Who has believed our message?” To me at least, it seems like Isaiah is prefacing this description of the coming Savior and the entire concept of God’s plan of salvation with something of a disclaimer. “I know this is going to sound ridiculous, and you probably won’t believe it, but here it is.”
To many this story of Christmas and all that it means must seem like foolishness. But the Bible in many places cautions us to not rely on our wisdom, our own limited capacity to think things through. God uses the foolish things to confound the wise and His ways are higher than our ways.
With that in mind then, it makes perfect sense that God would save the world by sending His Son in the form of a little baby to some backwater outpost in the middle of nowhere with only a teen-aged mother and her new husband to protect Him. Of course, there were those angels as well.
This week during Mid Day Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, I’ll be sharing from this chapter that describes the suffering Jesus would experience some 700 years after Isaiah wrote about it.
Mon 12/04 Isaiah 53:1 – 3
Tue 12/05 Isaiah 53:4 – 5
Wed 12/06 Isaiah 53:6 – 7
Thu 12/07 Isaiah 53:11
Fri 12/08 Isaiah 53:12
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