“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” – Isaiah 53:3-7
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is our perfect substitute.
In our previous study, we saw that when humanity in Genesis 3 chose to reject God’s word communicated in Genesis 2:16-17, mankind was now in darkness which was the state revealed in Genesis 1:2 by the statement “And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep”. So, man was now in chaos and confusion; man was now empty of God’s light and life since he rejected it and man was now filled with darkness; man was in spiritual darkness which is sin; man’s condition was too worst that man lacked the wherewithal to handle it. So man is now in need of redemption. But God already knew this, so He accommodated this state of man in Genesis 1 where we have God’s solution to this state in His love. So God’s plan in Genesis 1 took on flesh; that is, God was manifest in the flesh (2Timothy 3:16); God became man. God the creator became Christ the Saviour. This is the incarnation. The incarnation was necessary if substitution was to take place so reconciliation could be effected. So God became a man to bear man’s sin, suffer for man’s sin, bear the punishment for man’s sin and pay the price of sin for man. Isaiah says in verse 1 of our key text, “He is despised and rejected of men”, why? It is because of me. He further says “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”, why? Still because of me. He was despised and rejected of men because He had me in view. He became a man of sorrows and grief, was it His sorrows or my sorrows? It was my sorrows; it was not His sorrows that He bore. He became a man of grief because of me. I am the reason He came; I am the object of His love; His love for me is grace. Jesus did it for me. In the depth of my sin, He showed his love for me, how then do you think that sin can change God’s perspective of me? Jesus loves me and His perspective of me can never change in spite of me. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be secured in His love.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your grace and love that saved me, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The incarnation was necessary if substitution was to take place for reconciliation to emerge in the resurrection.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15