3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
When Christ, the Servant of God prophesied of in Isaiah, came to this earth in the form of a man, no one understood His purpose. In fact, Jesus, the “illegitimate son of Mary” was despised by His contemporaries who rejected Him, His message, and His authority. The first time Jesus read the Scriptures in His home town, the people who watched Him grow up wanted to push Him off of a cliff to His death!
From very early on the religious authorities hated Jesus and hid from Him always planning new ways to trip Him up in His words to prove that He was just a man. Jesus was despised, as to His real identity, and no one esteemed Him as the Son of God, which He was. In fact, all people, except for Mary and Joseph, rejected Jesus. Even His own brothers and sisters from the same mother rejected Jesus. It wasn’t until after His resurrection that James, the brother of Jesus, believed in Him.
Here is my point; Jesus came from the Father for the express purpose of obtaining our redemption. The Father was in charge of the life and suffering and death of Christ. We understand this now but in Jesus’ day His life was not understood, His suffering seemed wasted, and His death was a travesty to some and a victory to others. From the human side of the events, no one could see what God the Father was doing. Does this happen today? Does God work in ways that seem senseless to us? Are there times when we don’t see the hand of God at work and conclude that our situation is worthless and just something to endure?
We need to ever realize that God is God, that God is good and loving, and that God is sovereign over all things. We must remind ourselves that in the end we will be able to look back and see what God was doing and that He did indeed have all things in control at all times. Jesus knew this and went all the way to the Cross and to death on the Cross to complete the Father’s perfect plan. We are all glad He did. Who is benefiting from the will of God at work in our troubles? We might not know but certainly God is at work and calls us both trust in Him and to rejoice in all that He brings our way. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this, that the trying of your faith produces patience” “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Have faith in God’s view of your life.
Tomorrow night we are having a free outdoor movie night. We will be showing the movie, “Courageous.” We plan to start just as soon as it is dark enough to project the movie. Bring a friend, popcorn and hotdogs will be available.
Have you had opportunities to be God’s “eyes, ears, and hands” this week? Some have and have told me about it. I look forward to hearing from more of you on Sunday.
We have five kids at camp this week. Be in prayer for them to hear the Word of God and to submit to it.
Have a great day in the Lord,