So I am a few days behind. With our rather "exciting" and heart stopping moment at camp with Hailey last Thursday, and then I spoke at Camp on Friday and drove home Saturday and crashed Sunday, I have a little catching up to do.
Isaiah 53. There is not much more I can say about this passage, but I am positive it had a huge impact on Jesus.
It laid out exactly who he was, why he was here, what he was going to suffer, why he had to suffer, and the satisfaction it would all bring him and God.
Who was he?
Tender, not lovely to look on. Not majestic. Despised. Rejected. Familiar with suffering. His body could get sick and his heart ached like ours in sorrowful times (like losing his earthly father). He was considered stricken (unfavored) by God.
What was he here?
To be pierced. To be crushed.
What would he suffer?
Oppression. Affliction. Slaughter.
Why would he suffer?
For the transgressions of other people. Because It was the will of his Father and nothing stopped God from having His way (Jesus had already learned this previously)
Why would this bring Jesus satisfaction?
Because he would "see the offspring and prolong his days and Gods will would prosper in his hands. After the suffer Mt of his soul, he will see the light of his life (what he accomplished for his Father) and he will be satisfied!" 53:10-11
Jesus also learned what his end would be!!!
"By his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore (I love this part) I WILL (a promise Jesus could cling to) give him a portion among the great, and he will (another promise) divide the spoils with the numerous sting!" 53:11-12
Jesus leaned into these words as he learned the meaning and purpose of his life. These words told him that the world would not think much of him, but God was going to be satisfied in him and be proud of what he was going to accomplish. As Jesus allowed these words to impact him, it gave him courage to make a vital choice. The choice to choose please God over man and thus redeeming my soul!
I pray today that these words would also impact me. This through them I would learn not to seek the "majesty" and approval of this world, but rather give myself to be like Jesus, despised, rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, always with my eyes on what Jesus was looking at! The smile his life of suffering would put on the face of God, his Father!
"Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David." Isaiah 55:3
Wow, how this must have truly impacted Jesus. As he is growing into the man he is to become, as he is figuring things out, realizing his purpose, here are words that must have gripped his soul!
"Give ear!" (Listen up Jesus!)
"Come to me!" (Draw in closer Jesus)
"Hear me!" (Jesus, I need you to know what I am about to say is for you!)
"That your soul may live!" (I AM here to give you real life, so hear My words!)
"I will" (Jesus, the words that follow are my promise to you, and you have learned by now that I always keep my promises!)
"Make an everlasting Covenant" (what I am about to do Jesus will last forever and nothing will ever stop it!)
"With you" (Jesus, you are The One and I am going to make this covenant with You. Not anyone else, you my dearly Beloved!)
"My faithful love promised to David!" (Jesus, do you remember how I told David one of his descendants would reign on the throne forever because of how much I loved him! You Jesus are the fulfillment of this promise.)
"See, . . . I have made him a leader and commander of the people's." (Yes Jesus, you are the One I am referring to.) Isaiah 55:4
"Because the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, he has endowed you with splendor!" 55:5
How these words must have lifted Jesus into what we would call "cloud 9." These words sank deep into his heart and pressed him forward even when his spirit was troubled and tired. He had been given purpose that was combined with a promise. They gave him hope and solidified his trust in His Father.
And in Him we have been given the same. In Him we have been told to "Give ear and come to our Father, to hear Him that we may truly live. God has made an everlasting covenant with Jesus, and all who are "in Him" are co heirs of this promise! And in Christ we have been endowed with splendor just like Jesus!
I pray today that I live my life clinging to these truths. I pray that I give eat! That I come and hear, so that I may truly live. I pray that like Jesus I "Seek the Lord while He can be found and that I call on Him while He is near!" 55:6
Still playing catch up. Thanks for your patience.
"The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands. . ."
I have often wondered, "God why would you take that person away? Why would you allow death to grab ahold of one who loved you so much?
I wonder if Jesus did not ask the same question as a young boy/ man. What must he have thought when a friend died as a child or when Joseph was taken away from them? I imagine Jesus probably had the same questions we do: "Why God?"
But Jesus learned the answer to this question and he clung to it, especially as he faced his own death. The rest of verse 1-2 in Isaiah 57 told him the "why!"
"The righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death." 57:1-2
Our view of the death of a righteous person is different than Gods. From his point of view, death is a gift. Giving peace and rest to His beloved child. The burdens Jesus bore as a righteous man in an unrighteous world would have been heavy. The burden of sin he bore in the cross was almost unbearable. However, because he was righteous, his death came quickly and he forever entered a place of peace and rest.
But that is not all Jesus learned from Isaiah 57. Look at verse 13
"But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain."
Here Jesus again was given the promise of what he would inherit so long as he chose God as his refuge.
Verse 15 says; "I (God) live in a high and holy place (a place Jesus longed to be in order to be with his Dad), BUT I also live with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the heart of the lowly and the heart of the contrite."
Jesus desperately longed to dwell with his Father while here on earth, and in this simple promise, he learned how he could dwell with his Dad even while in his humanity. His had to remain lowly in heart and contrite in spirit.
How I too long to dwell with my Father. And like Jesus I pray that I learn to be lowly in heart and contrite in spirit so that God may dwell with me and teach me the truths of his wa