October 1 “What a Savior!”

cross Savior crucifixionIsaiah 53.12, “… And He bore the sin of many …,” including you and me if …

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 53 & 54
Psalm 113.1-4
Proverbs 26.17-19
Ephesians 3.1-21

Isaiah 53 & 54:

Despised and rejected by men for those who believe

Chapter 53 is perhaps the most complete Old Testament picture of the sufferings of Christ and all that would come about as a result.

Verse 2 “He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

He was born to poor parents in a stable. There was nothing kingly about Him from an earthly perspective—nothing that would make people say, “Listen, this is a man of influence.”

Verse 2, “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

Relatively few recognized Him as the Messiah, instead, they despised Him because He exposed their hearts.

He took the punishment of our sins, and God’s wrath was poured out on Him instead of us (vv. 4-6).

He didn’t defend Himself. He remained silent before His accusers (v. 7).

He died with the wicked, between two thieves, yet He was buried in the tomb of a rich man (vv. 8-9, 12).

Verse 12, “… And He bore the sin of many” (including you and me if we have come to see our sinful condition, repented by turning away from our sin, accepted His grace and forgiveness, and placed our faith in Him as Lord and Savior).

He even “… made intercession for the transgressors (v. 12)—“Father, forgive them they know not what they do” (Lk. 23.34).

What a Savior!

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September 29 “The superficial doctrine of prosperity and happiness” & LINKUP

walk away, back viewSadly, many who buy into the superficial doctrine of prosperity and happiness, will walk away from God at some point when it doesn’t deliver. Sadder still, the reality of God’s love and care for His children and the work of grace through salvation are so much greater and more wonderful than they can imagine!

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 49 & 50
Psalm 112.1-4
Proverbs 26.13-15
Ephesians 1.1-23

 

Isaiah 49 & 50:

The coming Messiah

These two chapters continue to talk about the (then) coming Messiah. He would be a man—a human being—born of a woman (49.1) and a light not just to the Jews but to the Gentiles, as well (49.6). Though there would be a time of separation from the nation of Israel, He would not divorce her (50.1). He would suffer torment at the time of His first advent (50.6-7).

There is an invitation to all who are in darkness to come and trust in the name of the Lord (50.10), as well as, a warning that manmade religion will not work (50.11). We can do nothing to save ourselves; all our attempts at being good enough or finding our own way to God (“you who kindle a fire”) are futile.

Men and women have been trying to find their own way to God since the tower of Babel and, probably, even before then. But there is only one Way. Continue reading