Consider How He Died

Isaiah 52: 13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

Most everyone has heard the name of Jesus.  They’ve heard he died.  However, very few take thought on how he died.  Paintings of Calvary don’t begin to show how he suffered.  When we take time to think about it, what could keep us from giving our time for his work and his house?

Isaiah 53 explains why he died.  Chapter 52 shows us how.  The horror of that day will help us take it into our mind and help us appreciate it.  By faith we see just what he endured and why he did it.  It will help you and me to undeniably trust him.  Jesus allowed all this to happen, and when I realize that, how can I not love and trust him.  The Almighty became weak so we who are nothing could have the strength to overcome.

Verse 14 says his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.  He didn’t do it to himself.  He was marred and nailed to a cross by others.  He stayed because of those he came to save.  The ones he came to save are the ones who put him there, including you and me.  I put him there. You put him there.  We might wonder why he didn’t die in an hour after being put on the cross. With all that had been done to him physically, he should have died quickly.  Yet he hung on to bear the sins of all people.  When it was all taken care of he said to his Father into thy hands I commend my spirit.  He was saying ‘Father, I offer the sins to you.’  After that he was able to say it is finished.  People didn’t just want to kill Jesus; they wanted to obliterate him. It wasn’t the end; it was the beginning.  Sixty years later he would tell John I am alive forevermore.

Verse 15 says so shall he sprinkle many nations.  I’m glad he sprinkled some over here on me.  He died in pain so we could be released from our pain.  To know what he did and refuse him is a cruel act on our part.  To fall at his feet is the best thing to do.  It should make us say ‘yes, Lord’ to whatever he asks of us.  How can we not present ourselves to him?  Consider what he did and then do what you should.

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