ADVENT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT—DAY 20
Isaiah 53:4-7 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.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter . . .
Isaiah 53 is the crown jewel of the Old Testament witness to Jesus. It is the key to how Jesus understood Messiahship--how being chosen by God to be the heir to the royal promise given to David, how the faith of Abraham, how the demands of the Law of Moses, would actually work out. Because we people considered Jesus to actually have been rejected by God, we took part in crushing and piercing Him. Truly, we have gone the way of the book of Judges; we have recognized no King and all of us have gone our own ways, done whatever we thought best. And Jesus, like Esther, has known that He came into the world for a moment just such as this.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for His willingness to empty Himself, not only in becoming human but also in pouring out Himself and even His own life for me. May His suffering and death not be in vain with regards to my own self. I willingly submit to His rule, accept His sacrifice for me, and ask for strength to love and follow Him all my days. Amen.