Monday, March 28, 2011

The Lord’s Suffering Servant - Lenten Bible Readings

He interceded for rebels.

Isaiah 53:7-12  He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

8 Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people.

9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.

10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.

11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.

12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

God has great plans for us, the first step in his plan had to be to satisfy the sin debt that we owed, we were the helpless sheep that had gone astray and could not help ourselves. God announced his plan to the prophets hundreds of years before Christ came, this wasn't some oops plan that came about, God's plan was in motion from day one.

Thank you Lord for desiring great things for us. You are in control and you have made a way to bring the rebels back to you! Forgive me for being a rebel.