I am thinking of my Lord and Saviour today. He is Jesus, the Christ. I am considering His sinless life and His brutal crucifixion & death. A brutality He endured and a horrific death He suffered for my sake and to atone for my sin. I am considering all of this through the vivid description supplied to me in the pages of scripture by the Prophet Isaiah… centuries before the event took place. An event commemorated today by believers all over the world – just as they have done for the past 1981 years. Indeed, “for the joy that was set before Him (redeeming us from the curse of sin & death) He endured the Cross, despising the shame…” (Heb. 12:2).
Read on and join me in my ‘musings’ ~ “He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way when He went by. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God the Father for His own sins! But He was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD (the Father) laid on Him (Jesus) the guilt and sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open His mouth. From prison and trial they led Him away to His death. But who among the people realized that He was dying for their sins? – that He was suffering their punishment? He had done no wrong, and He never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; He was put in a rich man’s grave. But it was the Lord’s (The Father’s) good plan to crush Him and fill Him with grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have a multitude of children, many heirs… When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of what He has experienced, my righteous servant (Jesus) will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins.” (Isaiah 53:3-11, NLT)