Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lent devotion: 700 Years - Isaiah 53:11

Isaiah 53:11    After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 

I am constantly amazed at how much the descriptions of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53 are perfectly matched with Christ’s suffering and execution. There’s about seven hundred years between the prophet’s writing and the crucifixion of Jesus. It’s more than just coincidental; it’s divinely predestined and appointed by God.

I like the sacred and spiritual lead up to Easter. It’s a whole lot more meaningful than the commercial chaos that we now call Christmas. Believers get time to focus on their Christian faith and when it is done properly and consistently, the season of Lent helps us to lean upon God in the midst of our own issues and crises, pressures and problems. It’s a wonderful way to draw nearer to God. It’s a special time to commit ourselves to His Suffering Servant, the Crucified Christ.

Prayer:                        Lord Jesus, You suffered because You served God completely. Your agonizing death paid the absolute price of our sins. Because of Your obedience and sacrifice, we can be among the many that will be restored to God. Help us to draw nearer to You each day. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to pastor@erinpresbyterian.org.

Today’s image is part of a Good Friday drawing that John is working on, which is based upon the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross. If you would like to view a larger version, please click on the following link: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7194/6923675459_89c9fd470b_b.jpg

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