October 2 Devotional

I cannot get past the power of Isaiah 53.  I am hopeful that you will not skim this, but read it with an intimate personal application to your own life.  Read these words and think about what Jesus did for YOU.  Look at this description of Jesus and His love for you …

 

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not” (53:3).  In a time when we yearn for the approval of others, Jesus purposely became hated of all … in our place.

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (53:4).  While we look for the easy way out of tough situations, Jesus plowed into the depths of sin for us.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” (53:5).  Notice the pronoun, “our,” and understand the price described here was for your sin, not His.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (53:6).  Men continue to reject Him even today, yet He continues to offer forgiveness!

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth” (53:7).  Like an innocent sheep paying the price for a guilty human, Jesus paid for you … without saying a word in protest … it’s what WE earned.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: And who shall declare His generation?  For He was cut off of the land of the living: For the transgression of my people was He stricken” (53:8).  He did not stop short … He was obedient to the death (don’t forget that the price-tag for our sin is death.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: When thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand” (53:10).  To me, the most amazing phrase in this chapter is, “… the pleasure of the LORD …” Jesus Christ endured all this so that we could be reunited with our perfect, sinless Heavenly Father. He endured the cross for the “joy” that was set before Him. The “joy,” the “pleasure” was the fact that you and me, wretched sinners, could come home through Jesus Christ! WOW!