We are fast approaching Easter Sunday; a day to remind us what our Lord, Jesus Christ, did for all of us.  It is hard not to think about the days before he was crucified also: Palm Sunday.  His anguish in the Garden before He was arrested.  The terrible beatings He received but all planned by our Father.  He knew what He was doing and what amazes me is that He gave this information to Isaiah more than 400 years before this happened!

Isaiah 53

 1 Who has believed our message
   and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
   and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
   nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
   a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
   he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

 4 Surely he took up our pain
   and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
   stricken by him, and afflicted. 
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
   he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
   and by his wounds we are healed. 
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
   each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
   the iniquity of us all.

 7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
   yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
   and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
   so he did not open his mouth. 
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
   Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
   for the transgression of my people he was punished.

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
   and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
   nor was any deceit in his mouth.

 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
   and though the LORD makes
[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
   and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 
11 After he has suffered,
   he will see the light of life
 and be satisfied;
by his knowledge
 my righteous servant will justify many,
   and he will bear their iniquities. 
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
   and he will divide the spoils with the strong,

because he poured out his life unto death,
   and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
   and made intercession for the transgressors.

So, while we wait for Easter Sunday and our reminder that He is risen, we would be hard pressed not to remember everything that came before it.

Sue Anderson

Comments (13)

On March 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM , Aloquin said...

A true and beautiful post, so poignant and on time. Thank you Jesus, for your sacrifice, and thank you, Sue, for reminding us.

On March 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM , SHEILA said...

How amazing when you think how our Lord planned for our salvation through His son dying on the cross, hundreds of years before it came to pass. Just awesome.

On April 1, 2012 at 1:02 AM , Peggy said...

What an amazing post that reminds us of the Christ's Sacrifice for us on Calvary and the subsequent glory of His Resurrection. Thank you, Sue, for your work on this.

On April 1, 2012 at 7:33 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

Thanks Sue, I always get amazed at how God put the message of the cross into the old part of the Bible, planned in advance before time began. He is truly amazing.

On April 1, 2012 at 8:14 AM , Becky K. said...

It is always darkest just before dawn...Good Friday is sobering but Easter Sunday is Jubilant.

On April 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM , Joyce Butler said...

Thank you for posting this. Easter is the greatest celbration of the year for Christians.

On April 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM , ZudaGay said...

Amen! Thank you for this, Sue! We must remember the sacrifice He made for us, the terrible suffering was because of us, so we can rejoice on Sunday!!! I love to think of the disciples and how they must have felt when they actually "got it" that He is alive!

On April 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM , The REAL EverSewSweet said...

Sometimes thinking of how much Jesus suffered for us makes me want to fast forward to Easter, but we need to truly reflect on how the Father gave his Son... for us, who are not worthy.

On April 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM , BonJeanCreations said...

Thank you Jesus for giving your life for me. Thanks Sue for the message.

On April 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM , pfd said...

I love this verse... it is such an amazing reminder that God had a plan. 600 - 700 years before Christ walked this earth this was written so we would understand His sovereignty. Sue beautiful and meaningful choice and the artist choices are wonderful!

On April 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM , Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

Such a revealing and challenging passage you have chosen for us Sue. And your item choices illustrate the passage so well too.

On April 1, 2012 at 8:13 PM , myeuropeantouch said...

Surely HE has borne our grief and carried our sorrows, He was wounded for OUR transgressions,
for OUR inequities, the chastisement ....

We sang this today.....

I also sang the Solo "He was despised and rejected"

Listen and weep, I did....
Thank you for sharing Sue♥♥

On April 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM , (Ri)Charmed said...

Seems so obvious that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Isaiah prophecy, I don't know how so many missed it!