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As we approach Easter the time we publicly remember Christ’s suffering

Do you know Jesus?

I had this devotional drop in my in box…it is a portion of scripture I memorized for a Sunday school class many years ago:

Approximately 600 years before Jesus was condemned to the cross, the prophet Isaiah foretold of the event. Open up and invite those words to penetrate your soul today:

 

"See,
my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. Many were amazed
when they saw him beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would scarcely
know he was a person. And he will again startle many nations. Kings
will stand speechless in his presence. For they will see what they had
not previously been told about; they will understand what they had not
heard about.

Who has
believed our message? To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power? My
servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. There was nothing
beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to
him. He was despised and rejected a man of sorrows, acquainted with
bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way
when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it
was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him
down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his
own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten
that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us
have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our
own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. He was
oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as
a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth. From prison and trial they led him away to
his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for
their sins that he was suffering their punishment? He had done no
wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.

But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life
is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many
heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s plan will prosper in
his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he
will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteous
servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he
will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of one who is
mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted
among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded
for sinners." Isaiah 52:13 — 53:12 (NLT)

Approximately 2,000 years after
Jesus hung on the cross, the passion of our Christ is still the power
of God unto salvation. His suffering accomplished righteousness for us,
and through it, both He and we are satisfied.

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