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Isaiah 53 [Read]
Isaiah 54 [Read]
Isaiah 55 [Read]
1 Thessalonians 2 [Read]
For Christians who think that prosperity is the most important thing God has in mind for his people, they should read Isaiah 53. The Servant of God was pierced for our transgression, and he was crushed for our iniquities (Isa 53:5). In order to reconcile God’s people with God, the Servant had to suffer and was made a guilt offering (53:10). God is way more concerned about the holiness of his people than about the prosperity of their lives, and he is more interested in making them a noble instrument for his use than giving them wealth to enjoy. Prosperity could surely be a by-product of this cleansing process, but it is certainly not the main purpose God reveals in the Bible.
For Christians who are suffering to the extent of losing hope, they should read Isaiah 53. The Servant of God was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrow and familiar with suffering (53:3). He had done no violence and there was no deceit in his mouth (53:9), but he was still punished and striped (53:5). If a sinless master needs to suffer for a greater purpose of God, his sinful disciples who are called to follow their master should not expect anything less. If the master has already opened the door for a glorious hope, the disciples cannot afford to lose that precious hope under any circumstances.
For Christians who are having doubts about God’s love, they should read Isaiah 53. We have all been like sheep gone astray and each turned to our own way, but God laid on him the iniquity of us all (53:6). By knowledge of this righteous servant many will be justified (53:11), and to this day he is still making intercession for the transgressors (53:12). If God has made such a tremendous sacrifice for his people to show his love, there is no way that he will invalidate this everlasting covenant (55:3). The cost is too great and his name is too holy for him to take his love away from us, and that is the most certain thing we can have for our comfort and joy.
Even we do not think like those mentioned above, we should still read Isaiah 53 to remind ourselves of the grace God has given us. Meditate on it and feed our soul with it daily, so it will become the spring of our strength in walking the heaven bound path.
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