Isaiah 53 is the future vision of a
scorned man nailed to a cross, some 700 years before the Romans ever
crucifixion. How Isaiah must have suffered as God revealed to him
all that man would endure in order that some of us could but turn and
"trust" Him in our own agony, assured of help, assured of love.
The extent of such suffering can not be adequately expressed in words,
but Isaiah wrote his vision, nonetheless--words validated by the
discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1949, as our reminder of God's
supernatural ability to preserve His Truth, despite mankind's attempts
to discredit it. 700 years later, Jesus Christ would be
born, be despised, rejected and crucified, then rise again from death
so all who turn to Him and trust should not perish, should not
he was pierced for our transgressions,
was crushed for our iniquities;
punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
by his wounds we are healed.
Sometime in your
own life things may become so difficult that you think you just cannot
go on any more. Storms can approach without warning and
send us straight into fear and hopelessness. But as I read the
words of Isaiah, I see the portrait of a man, unlike ourselves, who
gave it all--a man despised and hated (verse 3), a man not welcome
among society--a man perceived as born illegitimately, of dubious
origins (verse 2)--and one whose lack of physical beauty made it hard
to even look at Him; people would not be drawn to Him for His beauty.
They would come because He offered them the only real hope to be
found. They would come for help, and shelter,
freedom from fear, for comfort, reassurance and peace. They would come
to HIm because He said they
could...as often as they needed, for as long as they needed, until this
life was through.
Jesus still promises that if we but turn to
Him we will be given all that we need in this life. What a gift. Yes,
God made our Substitute undesirable by the world's
standards, both then and now. Just look around. Jesus
Christ is still despised
and rejected by most. People are free to practice any religion on
face of the earth, but tell someone you read the Bible and all hell
breaks loose. Persecution follows. But no matter what
suffering we face in this life, no matter what people do to us, no
storms rage, the suffering portrayed in Isaiah 53
is our promise, forged in blood, our guarantee against all
darkness. Darkness will come---but because of
Christ's suffering (see verses 10 and 11), all who turn to Him will get
relief. Guaranteed. Paid in
advance. No one turned away. Isaiah 53 is the
portrait of how your own guarantee was paid for, by another--and the
which He went to insure that when faced with any storm in life, we
have but to turn and cry out to the only One who has done it all to
Not long after I finished reading this chapter, we creatures here all
asleep. Our big golden retriever climbed into bed
me--I could feel her nose poking my hand as I drifted off. She
was comforted there. It was such a simple act of trust on her
part. How I wish I could tell her what I know.
But I have told you.
You are in my prayers.