There are certain passages of scripture we associate with specific times of the year. The recounting of the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke are favorite passages around Christmas. I also read Isaiah chapter 53 around Christmas and pull it out again around this time of year, as Easter approaches.
It’s a graphic foretelling of what Jesus would go through to secure eternity for us. It’s easy, I think, for us to sometimes downplay or give little thought to the humanity of Jesus, especially on this side of the cross. That may be in part because the concept of Jesus as fully man and fully God at the same time is not an easy one to fully comprehend.
As we read the Gospel accounts of Holy Week, that time from what we now know as Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, we get a glimpse of Jesus the man. That’s especially true of the recounting of Jesus in the garden, praying that the cup God had set before Him might pass.
Jesus knew full well what lay before Him and what He would suffer on our behalf. He had inspired the prophet Isaiah to write those words describing Him as “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief,” “pierced through for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities.”
And yet Jesus faced it all. Giving Himself up for the will of the Father and to claim us as His own.
This week during Middays Pray Time around 10:30 Am and 2:30 PM I’ll be sharing from Isaiah 53.
Mon 04/08 Isaiah 53:1 – 3
Tue 04/09 Isaiah 53:4 – 5
Wed 04/10 Isaiah 53:6 – 8
Thu 04/11 Isaiah 53:9 – 10
Fri 04/12 Isaiah 53:11 – 12
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