A Metitation on Isaiah 53   Leave a comment

Most times, like today, I sit reflecting up what Christ has done for me upon Calvary. The price He paid for my sins and the blood He shed for me. This verse from Isaiah has really come alive for me just lately.
Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

These words in themselves seem wondrous. Christ is or was “ acquainted with grief” This is a very profound insight that this is God the verse is talking about. God is therefore not oblivious to human pain and suffering, indeed He who did in no manner deserve to be despised and rejected, He suffered this for our sake. This is itself is a truth that should calm the most quivering heart. God has compassion for our human fallenness for though He was by no means tainted by sin, He suffered the same things as we must suffer every day in our lives. Sometimes humiliation, sometimes alienation.

It is glorious to consider that we have such a Saviour who knows our human frame not only as One who made it, but who lived as a man himself and felt what it was like to walk in human shoes.

This God whom we worship demanded the sacrifice for sin, showed what it should be, and then paid the ultimate price to buy us out of sin, slavery and eternal death.

Isaiah continues to say “ we esteemed him not” This is another thing I marvel at, Christ was not one who was cherished by the world and its peoples. He knew from a human perspective what it was to be outcast. He knew despair and hopelessness.

This ultimate love shown to us by God deserves the ultimate worship, praise and adoration, to not love Him is to invite the punishment He bore, upon ourself. If we would not have His sacrifice then we deserve the despair of an eternity in Hell.

The one who does not cherish this glorious gift from a loving God, or makes little of it surely deserves nothing but wrath from the Almighty.

A Puritan of old wrote, “ The object of our love shows whom we cherish and whom we worship” Christ must be the object of our love, if we love Him not above all else even sorrow and suffering, then we worship a idol of sorts. God has made a incredible way to reach and touch and change our hearts. And if we have not embrace Christ on the cross who bore our sins and took our punishment upon Him, then we have not shown any love to God.

These are the contemplations that only break through a broken heart, when we see our desperation, we see God’s solution. There is no such thing as achieving enough merit to enter heaven, we enter by the blood and merits of Christ alone and no other.

In the words engraved on Martin Luthers’ tombstone. “ We are beggars” No more, no less. The One who was ultimately so despised and rejected has opened the heaven of God for us, and we are reconciled to God by His wounds. This has to be the greatest truth in all the world.

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Posted May 12, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

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