Week Five – Day 1
TODAY’S FAST – Fast from All Junk Foods, Desserts, Sweets, and Sodas
This passage is one of the Bible’s most poignant explanations of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. It’s very sad because it deals graphically with the torment that Jesus endured, but at the same time it is wonderful because it so clearly and specifically describes the redeeming work of Jesus so many centuries before He came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem. This Old Testament passage is so explicit in its depiction of Christ that it almost seems like it would fit better in the New Testament!
Nearly every verse in Isaiah 53 mentions or describes how Jesus died for the sins of the world. You could spend a lifetime studying the gospel from this one Old Testament passage. Our sin is so severe that it required nothing less than the death of God’s own Son to pay for it in full. At the same time, it is important to realize that Christ’s suffering and death did, in fact, pay in full the debt we have incurred through our sin. We are all sheep that have gone astray, but our Good Shepherd has become our sacrificial Lamb, slain on our behalf.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for suffering and dying—and rising!—for us all. Thank You for the peace You have given us by taking our punishment for sin, and for the healing You give us by Your own undeserved wounds.
Pray for healing in your physical, emotional, and spiritual being through the work already completed by Jesus Christ.
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV