Last night in our small group we read Isaiah 53 and discussed what it revealed to us about Jesus. There was good dialogue about historical context, prophetic fulfillment, and some "ah-ha" moments by people who hadn't realized certain things. The best part came from reading verses 4-6:
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 him
the iniquity of us all.
Some of you are thinking great use of antithetical parallelism. Wrong. (Insert buzzer noise here) It was really sobering as a group to see what Jesus did in comparison to who he did it for. I asked the group what it makes them feel to know that Jesus went through all those things for us. I was amazed by what they said; unworthy, humbled, relieved, sad, happy, and so on. That's your question to ponder today. What does it do for you to know that he did all that, went through all of that, for you?
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