READ ABOUT IT: Isaiah 53
Isaiah was a prophet of God. God gave him messages to share with His people. Sometimes they were messages about how the people needed to change their ways. But sometimes, God's messages were about the coming One who would save His people. This message was about Jesus--and God gave it to Isaiah 700 years before Jesus was born!
Isaiah preached that Jesus would be hated and would suffer:
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.
He was like someone people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn't value Him.
Isaiah told about how Jesus would suffer for our sins and how His suffering would save us:
But he was pierced because of our transgressions...and we are healed by His wounds.
The people would wander away from God like sheep, Isaiah said. They would do what they wanted, but God would punish Jesus for their sins:
We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.
Jesus would not argue with those who wanted to kill Him:
Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth.
Even though He was innocent, Jesus would die like a criminal and be buried in a rich man's tomb:
They made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully.
Jesus would allow all this to happen to Him, so that we might live with Him in heaven one day:
He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; het He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.
TALK ABOUT IT:
All of these things came true--just as God told Isaiah they would. Jesus was hated. He let Himself be killed on a cross like a criminal. He was buried in the tomb of a rich man named Joseph of Arimethea. And because He took the punishment for our sins on Himself, those who follow Him are forgiven.
God decided a very long time ago that Jesus would die on the cross for our sins. 700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote that this would happen! Jesus was the servant who suffered so that those who put their faith in Him could be healed of their sins.
PRAY ABOUT IT:
Jesus, thank you for fulfilling Your Father's plan of salvation by dying on the cross. Even as Isaiah was preaching of your coming, it is hard to grasp the full magnitude of your love for us; help us to be abundantly generous as well. Amen.
This week's devotion is taken from The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook (p.118).