*Reference: Isaiah 53
We may have been walking this life calloused. We have heard the Gospel message so many times. We have seen the movies in far too many presentations, and we have read of what happened in far too many publications. The Gospel message seemed to have lost its effect on us, to the point that the story seemed so second nature to us as breathing, that most often than not we forget that we need to thank GOD for it. We forget its beauty and we forget its intricacies. We forget the central Person in it and we forget on how much we owe Him for what we are enjoying in our walks today.
Like most of us, I too may have grown callous. I know the Gospel full well and I know a lot of how it was revealed even in the Old Testament and I know how to explain what had happened and how God made the Salvation Plan possible, without the Enemy realizing that he had been outwitted by GOD. Oh, I know the stuff! Yet, the saddest thing of it is, the knowledge seemed to have puffed me up in front of GOD and so He needs to give me a wakeup call and a fresh wave of Gospel Revelation. I praise God for yesterday and today, GOD brought me back afresh to the Cross and to Who Jesus Christ is.
This brings us to Isaiah 53.
The chapter brings us a picture of what Jesus Christ had done on the Cross and on His way to it. Below is my reflection of the first two verses of this chapter. I am praying that as you read on, you will have a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ Himself.
“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 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.”
1. Jesus Christ grew up like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. Jesus started it out just like any child. He did not come to the earth strong and mighty. He was vulnerable. He needed people to take care of Him. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords came down to earth in the form of a child to be a substitute for us even for the times of our childhood. He was like a root out of dry ground. That means He suffered for a lack of many vital things in His life when He was a child. He was not born into a wealthy family. He was a carpenter’s son. Do you see the picture? No matter who you are and what you are now, Jesus is sending you a message that no matter how you grew up as a child, no matter what pains you suffered or whatever vital thing you lacked of (like money, shelter, food, love from parents, siblings, friends, etc.), Jesus came to be a substitute for us in that area. He knows our childhood experiences shape us to the person that we are now. And so He came as a child, tender and vulnerable, in need and lacking of many things, in order to show to us that His redemption goes beyond what we are as adults, and to make us understand that He had redeemed even our childhood days and our childhood experiences. He took it upon Himself.
2. When we look at creation, we see how beautiful God is. We see His beauty revealed in the colors of the flowers, the depths of the sea, the wonders of the creatures in it, the glorious majesty of the sky with the sun, the moon, the stars, the comets—we see Beauty as GOD Himself. Yet, Isaiah tells us that Jesus Christ came to earth and he chose not to come in beauty. Isaiah tells us that Jesus had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him. There is nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. For the Creator of beauty Himself to come in such a humble form, in such an inglorious vessel—isn’t that enough to wake us up that He took upon Him all the ugliness of our souls? Jesus took upon Himself our insecurities as well. He had no beauty yet He was not insecure. He substituted for us in that aspect. In the world today where beauty is seemed to be measured based on superficial features, Jesus redeems us by setting a perfect example of being secured not with what we have or what we do not have physically, but in who we truly are in the eyes of our Creator.
Friends, above are reflections of just the first two verses of Isaiah 53. I pray that you would also reflect on the beautiful truth in the whole chapter and receive a fresh wave of faith and revelation from God on what Jesus Christ did for you and me.
The fact of the matter is what Jesus Christ did for you and me did not begin when He carried the Cross and died there. It started far way back. Praise and glory be to Jesus Christ alone.
God bless us all!