Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Christocentric Word - Isaiah 53

I have fallen in love with the book of Isaiah. It not only expresses the profound nature of the Bible through every single verse and prophecy, its also one of the most Christocentric passages I have ever read. Every verse points us to the Christ, the purpose and message of the Cross and the result of the greatest act of love. Below is Isaiah 53, my soul was truly filled with awe and wonder as I pondered on what this passage said; this is only one of many great chapters in the Bible that truly challenge the unbeliever and strike the believer with awe.
I do not have much to say about this chapter as its very self explanatory, if you read it just once or over and over again, you still will not be able to digest the beauty and depth of this chapter...

Who has believed our message 

   and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, 
   and like a root out of dry ground. 
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, 
   nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 
He was despised and rejected by mankind, 
   a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. 
Like one from whom people hide their faces 
   he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

 Surely he took up our pain 

   and bore our suffering, 
yet we considered him punished by God, 
   stricken by him, and afflicted. 
But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
   he was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, 
   and by his wounds we are healed. 
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, 
   each of us has turned to our own way; 
and the LORD has laid on him 
   the iniquity of us all.

 He was oppressed and afflicted, 

   yet he did not open his mouth; 
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, 
   and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, 
   so he did not open his mouth. 
By oppression and judgment he was taken away. 
   Yet who of his generation protested? 
For he was cut off from the land of the living; 
   for the transgression of my people he was punished. 
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, 
   and with the rich in his death, 
though he had done no violence, 
   nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, 

   and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, 
he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 
   and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 
After he has suffered, 
   he will see the light of life and be satisfied; 
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, 
   and he will bear their iniquities. 
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, 
   and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death, 
   and was numbered with the transgressors. 
For he bore the sin of many, 
   and made intercession for the transgressors.

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