My daily readings continue in Isaiah and today I read of Jesus’s death as told by Isaiah oh so many years before. Prophecy at its most potent. With the benefit of hindsight, we know whom it is Isaiah refers to. Reading it in the cold light of day helps ground me in exactly what Jesus did for me.
Isaiah 53:4-6 He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God. He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well. All of us were like sheep that had wandered off. We had each gone our own way, but the LORD gave him the punishment we deserved
What is it that we despise those who are different from ourselves, showing contempt towards them as if they are some kind of abomination, why do we look on other nations as if we are superior, looking down our noses at those we identify as inferior, how come we reject their advances, spurn their hand of friendship, exclude them from our remit of loving others as ourselves, when did we get so high and mighty that we would reject God Almighty, how could we miss the answer to all our problems by rejecting the only one who could save us, Jesus, son of God given as a sacrifice by God to take on the punishment we deserved, he suffered that’s for sure, beaten, mocked, despised and more, he was crushed under the weight of our sin, nailed to the cross and left to die, and we ask why the world is in such a mess when clearly it’s because we turned our backs on his righteousness, we despised and rejected the only one who could save us, but it’s never too late to turn to Jesus, never too late to ask for forgiveness, his sacrifice not time bound, it’s available now, it’s available until the very second we die or he comes again, his death, our gain, our sins forgiven by the risen Saviour, the gift of life with him forever.