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This past week, as I have been going through M’Cheyne’s Readings, I read Isaiah 53, a remarkable chapter full of hope. As I began to read this chapter, I realized that it was a prophecy about Christ, particularly his death. Isaiah, by the Holy Spirit, wrote some sorrowful verses about the Messiah. At Jesus’ time, the Jews thought he was coming to save them from Rome but if they read the prophet Isaiah’s words in chapter 53, they would thought differently. I thought it interesting that Isaiah wrote that he had no beauty or form of majesty to bring attention. This was fulfilled because we see that Jesus  served and walked humbly in the earth.  He was despised and rejected by men; he bore all our persecution without a curse or cry (see verse 7).  It would seem that there would be no hope in thew midst of this gloom of Christ’s death. But (my father’s favorite word in Scripture) there is hope and it lies in verses 5 and 6. He was flogged and crucified for our deadly sins and killed for our iniquities. Isaiah rightly says we have all strayed like sheep; we have all erred. This puts us in a pickle because we read elsewhere in Scripture that the wages of sin is death. But there is great hope! In the last part of verse 6, Isaiah writes, “and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all”. The payment of our sin is paid in Christ’s death; how merciful, loving, and great is our God! That statement should cause us all to cry Hallelujah every time we wake and when we go to bed.  The following verses expound more on Christ’s death and how he was despised. What a wretched torment for the Son of God who had everything in heaven, but his greatest loss was that he was shunned by his father. In the Gospels we read that he shouts out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Imagine being forsaken by your father as you are in your greatest need. It was so much worse in Jesus’ case. But Isaiah writes that it was the will of God to crush him. If it would be the will of God to crush his Son, to bear our sins on the bloody cross, why should we question God’s justice and will to predestine men to Hell, the place of His everlasting wrath. Isaiah promotes this further in the chapter by saying that Christ bore the sin of many not all. I find that very interesting and very true. Jesus fulfills more of this Scripture by being buried in a rich man’s tomb, who sins just like all of us and could be counted as “wicked” to fulfill verse 9.  It is amazing to be reading a chapter in the Old Testament and see it fulfilled in the New Testament. Beautiful is the Word of the Lord! I sincerely hope that the Lord will provide you with this great hope that Christ died for the ungodly and our sins were laid upon him so that we might be reunited with God like Adam and Eve were before the Fall.

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