Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Isaiah 53: Thoughts for Holy Week

In all of scripture, no passage describes more eloquently the passion of Christ, nor the victorious end of his suffering and its results.
Isaiah 53:5
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...
This morning I am struck (again) with the mercy God has shown through Christ, and that this plan was described in detail hundreds of years before he appeared to us. It speaks in past tense of future events. It was finished before it began. What can be said to that?
Isaiah 51:1 says:
Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn... 
This is where my eyes fell first this morning. As I pondered this, then continued to read up to Isaiah 53, I realize the great need I have to return to this fundamental truth:

"Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again..."

Amen. Nothing else in this world is worthy of our worship. Nothing. We can lean on nothing, nor press into anything else. All gives way and collapses, yet the light of this truth remains. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it.

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