The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
Take a good look at the Savior.
Have you thought about the Lamb of God lately? We tend to glorify the cross and gloss over the suffering that we, ourselves, have caused Him. Today, I would like to walk through Isaiah 53 and Philippians 2 to show you my Jesus. As we approach Easter, I’d like to really take a look at our Lord and be reminded of what He did for us.
Let’s begin in Isaiah 53
2 He sprouted up like a twig before God,
like a root out of parched soil;
[Who wants to be like a twig? or growing in parched soil?]
he had no stately form or majesty
that might catch our attention,
no special appearance that we should want to follow him.
[He didn’t have looks that attracted us to Him, either.]
3 He was despised and rejected by people,
one who experienced pain
and was acquainted with illness;
people hid their faces from him;
[People shy away from Him. These words make me think of a child hiding behind the skirts of his mother. They might stare at Him, but certainly not speak or build a relationship with Him.]
he was despised,
[Such a sad word … to feel contempt or a deep repugnance for. They didn’t just not like Him, they hated Him]
and we considered him insignificant.
[Being one with self-esteem issues, I think I know this feeling.]
4 But he lifted up our illnesses,
he carried our pain;
even though we thought he was being punished,
attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done.
5 He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds,
crushed because of our sins;
he endured punishment that made us well;
because of his wounds we have been healed.
6 All of us had wandered off like sheep;
each of us had strayed off on his own path,
but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.
7 He was treated harshly and afflicted,
but he did not even open his mouth.
He quietly endured it all!
Did you know? He carried all the sins of the world, yours and mine. And thus, He acquitted us from those sins! He did all this for us. He gave up heaven to become the lowest of the lowly, a slave, treated like a criminal.
6 who though he existed in the form of God
did not regard equality with God
as something to be grasped,
7 but emptied himself
by taking on the form of a slave,
by looking like other men,
and by sharing in human nature.
8 He humbled himself,
by becoming obedient to the point of death
—even death on a cross!
9 As a result God highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow
—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—
11 and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord
to the glory of God the Father.
[Praise His name! He did it for me. And He did it for you!]
Therefore, we should strive to live as He did.
12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, 13 for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort—for the sake of his good pleasure—is God. 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world.
How Do We Do This?
16 by holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice together with all of you. 18 And in the same way you also should be glad and rejoice together with me.
Seek The Word and He will reveal Himself to you.
Have a Blessed Easter!
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