Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I have now come to Isaiah 53 and will pause here
for a season. This chapter is speaking of someone
who has not yet been born, by a prophet who lived
many years before his birth. Yet, Isaiah speaks in
the past tense as if he is looking back.

"Who has believed our message...?
He grew up...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."  (Isaiah 53:1-3)

Who was Isaiah speaking about? The person
was not attractive. He was not good looking.
There was nothing majestic in his bearing.
His appearance did not draw others to him.
Today we would call him ugly. Who was he?
His Name is Jesus.

If Jesus was attending the local Jr High today,
where do you think he would rate on a scale
from one to ten? Would He be the talk of tweets
and Face Book? Would the words of His peers
cut Him to pieces? Did the words of His peers
cut Him back then?

Dear reader, Jesus knows what it is like to be you.
Whatever the unalterable pain in your life, Jesus
knows about it and He understands. He can
identify with ugliness and rejection, because He
chose to identify completely with what it means
to be human. Jesus is completely trustworthy, He
loves you and He will not trample your heart.


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