Daily Devotion - March 25, 2021 - The Suffering Servant

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – March 25, 2021
Isaiah 53:1-6
Weekly Theme: The Wounds and Sorrow of Ministry
Today: The Suffering Servant

In just 11 days, we will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! This spectacular celebration is the pinnacle of the Christian faith… through Jesus, death was overcome! The purpose of Lent is to remind us of all that lead up to the events of Holy Week, the week in which Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt, is betrayed, arrested, crucified and buried. In just a few days we will begin to reflect on these events. But today, we reflect on prophetic words from Isaiah who describes and prophesies the Suffering Servant, Jesus Christ.

The prophet Isaiah begins today’s passage with a description of what the suffering servant will look like. Jesus did not have an outstanding or impressive appearance. There was nothing about his “looks” that was regal or stately. In fact, Isaiah describes his appearance as one which would not make anyone “desire” him. Although he was Jewish, he was despised and rejected by the leaders of his own community and was fully aware of the need for healing of those who were sick. He was despised, yet despite his rejection, he bore the sickness and pain of the very ones who did detested him; he suffered and endured pain, was pierced because of the rebellion of the people of that day as well as for those of us who rebel today. Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Isaiah prophecies about his suffering. Take a few moments to reflect on these descriptive words which vividly forecast what Jesus endured because of our sins: bore, carried, stricken, afflicted, pierced, and crushed. Please read them more than once or twice. Let the magnitude of his love for us sink into your heart.

Why would the King of Kings do this? In a word or two, Jesus went through this suffering because he was sent to be love, to show us love… the love of God… and to be the One through whom God, of of love, took extreme action to save his people… all people, who like sheep have gone astray. Jesus bore the iniquity of us all so that we might be healed spiritually and have eternal healing, hope, and peace (Isaiah 53:5). In this week before Holy Week, as we continue in the final days of Lent, join me in reflecting on the mighty acts of God poured out on and through the suffering of Jesus, for it is by his wounds, we are healed. Amen.

Dear God, we thank you for Jesus, who came to earth and took on humble form so that we might witness and understand the need to show mercy, do justice, and walk humbly before you. Help us to never forget the wounds he bore for our sakes, to repent, and to rejoice over the great hope and peace we can experience through salvation made possible through Jesus in whose name we pray. Amen.

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