Isaiah 53: 3-6
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 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.
We cannot read this scripture without thinking of Jesus and all the suffering he endured on our behalf. Yet God sent this prophecy hundreds of years before Jesus was born. It makes me consider how much love God has for us, and the plan that God so carefully laid, waiting for the right time to be revealed. God knew we would need a savior because God understands the depth of human wrongdoing. Out of love God sent the only one who could restore us to wholeness, God’s only son.
Dear God, we praise you and magnify your name, and humbly acknowledge how much we need Jesus to take away our sins. You allowed him to take upon himself all our wrongs, and in him we are healed. It is beyond our comprehension why you would do this for us when we do so many wrong things. Let us call him savior, and give him our lives. Amen.