CAN’T SEE THE FOR US FOR THE TREES!… Isaiah 53

You think my proofreading failed big time, don’t you?  Should be ‘forest’, not ‘for us’.   Fear not!  Let me explain.  Isaiah 53 is one of the premier chapters in the Bible.  Speaks of the coming Messiah and all He’ll do…for us.  Get it?  For us!

Verses 1-3 are sad.   Despised and rejected, this ‘man of sorrows’,  ‘acquainted with grief’.  How could they?  His people– ungrateful and selfish.  How could they be that way?  Present company excluded?  Yeah, right!

Verse 6 says that ‘All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way’.  ‘All’ and ‘everyone’ kind of sounds like what it says, doesn’t it?  Sure does!  Verse 4 pictures the Messiah carrying our griefs and sorrows.  For us.  Only to be placed on a cross, for sins that crushed Him to death (v.5).  For us.  He was wounded.  For us.  He was oppressed and afflicted.  For us.  Never said a word.  No complaints.  No objections.  No excuses.   ‘…cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people’ (v.8).  For us.

Look at verse 10 as there’s more–‘…it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief…’  For us.  ‘…He poured out His soul to death…yet He bore the sin of many…’ (v.12).  For us.  When you look at the tree that made the cross of Jesus, don’t miss seeing that it was all… for us.  He was thinking of us, since He knew us from before the foundation of the world (Jeremiah 1:5).

Some thoughts cross my mind.  One is the huge debt I owe Him.  However, my debt He paid.  Paid in full.   Now, it’s not so much what I owe Him, but how much I want to serve Him out of gratitude for all He’s done.  For me…and you.  For us.

Another thought is that I should be free of guilt and shame for my burdens are lifted and all debts paid.  Must I still do my part to earn forgiveness?  Perish the thought.  Move forward by His grace and mercy, propelling you along, not looking back as Lot’s wife did, that salty soul!  More like what the Apostle Paul encourages–  ‘…forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus…’ (Philippians 3:13-14).  For us…forward!

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for giving your all for us.  Nothing more is needed than what has already been given.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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