August 10, 2020 – Monday
Isaiah 53:1-3 NIV
1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire Him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held Him in low esteem.
To make sense out of verse one above we need to return to the conclusion of the prior chapter where we read about The Suffering and Glory of the Servant (section title added in the NIV)
13 See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. 14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness—15 so he will sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.
After this the prophet asks Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Great question as Isaiah is telling us the servant in the message is the arm of the Lord revealed. Tough concept to consider when the arm of the Lord is considered to be of incredible strength and power.
How can that be when the last chapter says his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness. And in our verses above He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him.
Then in the next verse He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Most of this was contrary to the hopes and dreams the Jews had of the Messiah. They wanted the Messiah to arrive in great pageantry and power ready to fully defeat the Romans.
Instead they got Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, who would literally take all of our sins to the cross and pay the price for them with His own life and blood. He wasn’t there to defeat the Romans, but to defeat the hold sin had on everyone’s lives.
Belief would come slowly, but it would come. And Jesus changed the world. All the nations came to acknowledge Him whether they agreed with Him or opposed Him. His resurrection on the third day showed He had also defeated death, He did this while offering eternal life in heaven for those who accepted the free Gift of Grace through His sacrifice on the cross.
The love of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are amazing in its infinite depth. We are so loved that we are offered incredible mercy and forgiveness along with a place in heaven with Jesus.