This Easter, I marvelled over the wonders of His sacrifice and what was completed at the cross. I went back to the cross again and wondered how His Resurrection translated into eternal life for me. This verse (I love it) came up at Charis Tabernacle where the Wesley Singers had a presentation.
1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and 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.
Would we have known He is the Saviour if we lived in His times? Probably not the average hunk that would turn my head, nor have the riches and fame my hidden heart may crave. Have we the inner eyes to see His inner beauty?
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Is there somebody in our midst today that we judge for certain human flaws he possesses, neglecting that we too have our own to face?
4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Probably the verse that spoke to me the most. We have all turned away yet God laid His hands on His own precious one, so that we will turn back to Him. Him, not us.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
..hung on the Cross next to two criminals..
and with the rich in his death,
… buried in a rich man’s tomb…
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
I think this song sums up the story of the innocent Lamb that died on that Cross 2000 years ago.