Day 17 - The Suffering Servant
Read Isaiah 53
If someone handed you a piece of paper that had this chapter written on it without showing you where in the Bible it was found, you would very quickly realize who it was talking about (Jesus), and you would likely be surprised that this passage is not a descriptive story from the New Testament but a prophecy from the Old Testament, before Christ was even born. The description of pain and agony truly can only fit one other person in the universe and for all of history, because though other people have died on a cross or suffered horribly, no one has ever paid for someone else’s sin.
That’s something you might’ve wondered about before. As we study church history, we will see plenty of Christians who are put to death for their faith, and they’re often singing hymns or praises. But when Jesus cried out to God on the cross, He said “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” Christ’s suffering on the cross was much worse than what anyone else has suffered because Jesus wasn’t just going through physical pain, but He was enduring the wrath of God. When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, we see a glimpse into why Jesus’s pain on the cross was so difficult. He had talked about his death to His disciples before, but now when He was imagining Himself about to drink a cup of God’s wrath, He was sweating and even asking the Father if there was any other way. He submitted to God’s will, of course, but seeing the agony of Jesus even before He was on the cross shows us a lot about what He went through to save His people.
If you go through Isaiah 53 and underline who was involved in the death of Jesus (especially verses 4-7), you might be surprised. He was pierced for our transgressions. His punishment brought us peace. Martin Luther has said that it’s as if we carry the nails of Jesus in our own pockets. Christ willingly suffered for us so that we can have new life in Him and enjoy Him forever. Praise Jesus!
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