Suffering Servant

To go along with our recent series "Christ in the Old Testament", take a look at a powerful passage in Isaiah that describes Jesus Christ, our suffering servant.   

Isaiah 53:4-6

"Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."

Do you feel the agony?  Can you see the harshness?  Have you ever stopped to consider that this passage pertains to you personally?  It never fails to stir something in me and bring me face to face with my own humanity.  So today, I read these verses this way:  

"Surely, Jesus has borne Brent't griefs,  and has carried Brent's sorrows...

He was wounded for Brent's transgressions, and bruised for Brent's iniquities...

The chastisement for Brent's peace was upon Him...

And by His stripes, Brent is healed....

Brent has gone astray like a sheep, and has gone Brent's own way...

And yet God laid all of Brent's iniquity on the Lord Jesus Christ! "

Talk about humbling!  All of those verbs (stricken, afflicted, wounded, bruised)...He did that for me.  I know that He suffered on my behalf. And I pray that I don't forget that because He did, I can live in victory and free from the penalty of sin.  

In a few weeks, we will celebrate the fact that the cross of Calvary was not the end of Jesus.  We will celebrate that death could not defeat Him and that He rose from the dead and won peace and pardon for all who will believe in Him.  

Take some time to put yourself in this passage.  If you are sorrowful, or grieving, or discouraged, feeling unworthy, or struggling to make sense of it all, just remember:  He has already taken it all on Himself.  And all because He loves you!  

C.H. Surgeon described the love of Jesus this way: "To be a Man was something, to be a Man of Sorrows was far more.  To bleed, die, and suffer - these were much for Him who was the Son of God; but to suffer such unparalleled agony- to endure a death of shame and desertion by His Father - this is a depth of condescending love that the most inspired mind must utterly fail to fathom.  Herein is love!  Truly it is love that "passeth knowledge." Oh, let this love fill our hearts with adoring gratitude and lead us to practical manifestations of its power." (taken from "Morning and Evening")

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." 

Ephesians 3:17-19