I wasn't going to blog today. I finished the 8 Colors of God's Grace and hadn't decided what to do next. Then I read Isaiah 53:3-7
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on
I read the verbs in these verses and they affected me like never before.
Despised Rejected Man of Sorrows
Suffered Ignored Dishonored
Took my infirmities Carried my sins
Smitten Afflicted Pierced
Crushed Punished Wounded
These are just any old verbs. They describe the horror that Jesus endured for me - for you!
And the most astonishing thing of all is the last part of verse 7. Look at it again and let the words soak in:
And the LORD has laid on
him the iniquity of us all.
The LORD - the great I AM - allowed this suffering.! In fact, He planned it. It was His sovereign will. Why??
His love for us was greater than saving the life of His Son.
Does that fact astound you?
How does it give you total assurance of His love?