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Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Edifer du Jour-Isaiah 53:1-8(NASB)
1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
The Easter sunrise service used this passage as one of their readings. I couldn't help my mind skipping to Carman's The Champion when verse 5 was read
When He said, "By His stripes they're healed," the devil shook! He screamed, "Sickness is my specialty. I hate that healing junk!" God said, "You shut your face, I wrote the book!"
Yes, He did. Verse two predicted that Jesus would come as a ordinary man; people weren't drawn to Him by His godlike looks but His spirit and His acts. However, only a relative few were drawn to Him; the rest found it expedient to kill him off. Even today, the idea of God coming in the flesh to die for us all is a radical concept; even the idea of God acting in the world at all is novel. Yes, for this scoffing, mocking world, God sent a part of Himself to die. At Golgotha, he put part of Himself in a spiritual decontamination chamber and dumped the sin of the world onto Jesus to have the sin die permanently and his son die for about 36 hours. John 3:16, anyone? -"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." More than just a son, Jesus was/is part of God who was sent to bear that burden and save us all. You want to see agape on the hoof? There it is.

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