He suffered so for us

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Isaiah 52

13   Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;

He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.

14   Just as many were astonished at you,

So His visage was marred more than any man,

And His form more than the sons of men;

15   So shall He startle many nations.

Kings shall shut their mouths at Him;

For what had not been told them they shall see,

And what they had not heard they shall consider.

In the midst of their exile, Israel is told of the Servant of God who also will be an astonishment in His suffering.  In their exile from Jerusalem, the people of the nation of Israel suffered daily. So God tells them that suffering will be known by His Servant, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This prophesy of the suffering of our Lord was 700 years before the crucifixion.  But God wanted His people to know that they were not the only ones who would suffer.

The assault of sinful men, men driven by Satan’s anger, on the condemned Savior, was more brutal than ever before.  Satan wanted Jesus dead and wanted Him dead before the cross.  The beating that Christ endured was greater than any other beating.  The result of this demonically-led scourging was that the face of our Lord no longer looked like the face of a man.  He was literally beaten beyond recognition.

We ask ourselves why this was necessary.  Why didn’t God stop this attack?  Two thoughts come to mind. The first is that Christ needed to suffer in such a way that He could identify with all sufferers of all time as our High Priest who understands the feelings of our infirmities.  The second thought is that Jesus suffered for the joy that was put before Him.  We, who come to Christ by faith in God’s grace, are His eternal joy.  Christ, while being beaten beyond recognition and feeling every blow and tear, looked into eternity and saw us, His redeemed ones, and had joy during His suffering.

Isaiah tells us that Jesus “shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.”  Kings will bow to Him and will listen to Him.  Kings and people don’t listen to a crucified man but they will listen to the crucified and risen Jesus!  When they need power and guidance they turn to the Lord.  Let us live every day as the joy of the Lord listening to Him at every turn rejoicing that He suffered so much so that we could have an Intercessor who understands and saves.

We have had special prayer meetings this week at 8:00pm.  Join us tonight as we continue to pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to use our programs to reach people in greater ways. 

Last Sunday I spoke on prayer.  This Sunday I will be speaking on how we can care for people to show them the love of Christ and the gospel.  I will be introducing “the Cause Circle” to you, which will transform how you pray for your lost friends and loved ones. 

The Bible tells us to pray for those who rule over us.  We should be praying for this G20 summit in Germany as our President will be pressured to come into agreement with world positions.  Pray for him, and all who are there, to seek God’s wisdom instead of man’s, to seek God’s approval instead of man’s.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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