March 21 - The Rejection.
“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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”
In Isaiah 53, we find the Gospel of Christ prophesized in the Old Testament. What better time to read and study this chapter than the beginning of the Easter week.
Christ was despised and rejected of men. He was a Man of sorrows. Jesus was acquainted with grief. It was our sin that caused Him to be despised and rejected. Our sin that gave Him sorrow upon sorrows. Our sin caused Him to be acquainted with grief. Our sin.
Yet today, people still reject Him and hide their faces from Him. The lost hide from Him. The convicted reject from Him. Even the Christian has a tendency to hide from Him when they sense He is asking them to do something. Are you hiding today? What has He given you to do for Him? Are you rejecting His leading?
He bore our griefs; and carried our sorrows. He did this so that we could have eternal life with Him in Heaven. Isaiah 53 paints a picture of the enormity of the crucifixion and the display of God’s love for us. Read it today, and remind yourself what Christ suffered on the cross for your sin. Begin this week leading up to Easter with the mindset of remembering His sacrifice for us.
If the Lord has burdened your heart toward serving Him, take up your cross and follow Him today.
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