Tuesday in Holy Week, March 22

Isaiah 50:4-9a (ESV)

The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
he awakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious;
I turned not backward.
I gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
from disgrace and spitting.

But the Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
He who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who is my adversary?
Let him come near to me.
Behold, the Lord God helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the suffering servant, endured it all, for us:  the spitting, the mocking, the beating, the flogging.  From a human perspective, He was disgraced.  From a spiritual perspective, He was glorified.

He was sustained through his trials and suffering knowing that He was doing the will of God, knowing that He was without sin and did not deserve the judgment that He received.  He was righteous and holy.  Yet, He knew that His obedience to God’s will would bless us – that whoever believes in Him would be saved and have eternal life.

Therefore, He did not turn from the cross that was before Him.  He knew why He had come and He faithfully died on the cross, that you and I, weary from our sinfulness, would be reconciled to God.  What incredible love!

Most merciful God, when I consider all that Jesus, Your Son, endured on my behalf, I can hardly bear it.  He sacrificed Himself, shed His blood, that I may be saved. The sin that nailed Him to the cross was my own.  He suffered for all sinners.  He suffered for me.  I am deeply humbled by Your tremendous mercy, unfathomable grace, and enduring love, and I am deeply grieved by my sin and rebellion toward Your mighty authority.  I come before You with a repentant heart and I lay all my sin and shame at the foot of the cross.  Cover me with the blood of the Lamb that I may live to honor and praise Your glorious name, now and forevermore.  Amen!

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