A truly incredible, life-changing week....
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday...
I was driving back from the Portland area this morning, driving through the Columbia Gorge. It was incredible, beautiful. It was so easy. I put my cruise on at 68(opps!) and let the car do the rest. I'm home now, the journey... it's over.
I don't want to wake up and realize this week is over and NOT to have entered into the depth of the love that carved out this week. I certainly don't want to just cruise through it!
Listen, contemplate, meditate on these words in light of this week...
*...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.
He was despised and rejected by others,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised,
and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted....
...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...
...the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
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 its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth...
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin...
After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Lord, help us not to miss the depth of your love, the wonder of your sacrifice, the glory of it all!
*The Holy Bible : Today's New International Version. 2005 (Is 53 selected verses). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.