Good Friday Reminders from Isaiah 53

There are so many poetic and poignant things we can say about the death of Christ. Nevertheless, no one can write about it in as resonant expressions as they have been conveyed in the Bible. Now I am a King James version type of girl, but on occasion I read other versions of the sacred book. Recently, I read Isaiah 53. It has been repeating in my head for quite some time and I believe it is a timely reminder about what this weekend is about.

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Further, I hope it reminds us as Christians of the crux of the matter: what our lives are about. They are about the glorification of the person called Jesus Christ. They are about us remembering His sacrifice made so that we can live. We should place this at the forefront of our minds always. I want to invite you today to read with me one of several chapters which describe the death of Christ. Of course the burial and resurrection are also vital parts of this process to redemption. But today we commemorate and remember the grim death of our redeemer, necessary for our restoration.

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This chapter is sometimes referred to as:

The Sin Bearing Messiah

The most perfect person to ever live, took the burdens of all of our iniquity upon Him. Isaiah 53 expresses how He bore it below.

Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?
    Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?

2-6 The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
    a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
    nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
    a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
    We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
    our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
    that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
    that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
    Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
    We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
    on him, on him.

7-9 He was beaten, he was tortured,
    but he didn’t say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
    and like a sheep being sheared,
    he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
    and did anyone really know what was happening?
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
    beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
They buried him with the wicked,
    threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he’d never hurt a soul
    or said one word that wasn’t true.

10 Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,
    to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
    so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
    And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.

11-12 Out of that terrible travail of soul,
    he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it.
Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant,
    will make many “righteous ones,”
    as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly—
    the best of everything, the highest honors—
Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch,
    because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
    he took up the cause of all the black sheep.

 

What a powerful reminder of the one who had enough strength when we had none!!! Have a blessed Easter and read your Bible some more we can never do it enough! 🙂

-CiCi

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