Sunday, October 18, 2009

ISAIAH 53:11-12, HEBREWS4 :14-16, MARK 10:43-45

ISAIAH 53:11-12
(But the LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity.) If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; Through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear.

Beloved, You in whom I place my love, my faith, my hope and trust are worthy.  It pleased God to offer You as a living sacrifice in expiation for the sins of the world.  You were crushed with a grief that ought to have been mine.  The will of God was perfected in You in the terrible anguish You suffered. In Isaiah 53:5 we read, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities;  upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed."  Because You became one like us in all things save sin You are not indifferent to all that we in the flesh and spirit must endure of sorrow, sin, pain, humiliation, hunger, want, lonliness.  You know it all and understand. 
We have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God, who has entered heaven.  Let us then hold fast to the faith we profess.  Our High Priest, is not indiferrent to our weaknesses, for He was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sinning.   Let us then, with confidence approach God, the giver of grace; we will obtain mercy and through His favor, help in due time.
And yet, You are the Eternal Word of God at whose command all things came into being.  What tender love the Father has for us.  Such tender mercy and compassion that He tempered His justice by giving You to us His only Son, eternally begotten from Himself.  You are God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God - and You were offered in expiation for my sins and the sins of the world.  How precious we the redeemed are in the sight of God.
MARK 10:43-45
It shall not be so among you; whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you shall make himself the slave of all.  For the Son of Man has not come to be served but serve and to give His life to redeem many."

To want to grab the first place is alien to the children of God who want to imitate Jesus, the Beloved who came to serve not to be served and to give His life as a ransom for me and the multitude. 

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