August 7, Reading 2 – Isaiah 52:13-53:12


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SAA Notes

Jesus did act wisely and does act wisely today. This chapter is often read at Easter. As you read it today, let these awesome words roll over you like a cleansing ocean of God’s love.

SJA Notes

What a passage this is! It points us so clearly to the wrestling and agony our Christ, Jesus, endured and went through. Not only on the cross, but through His life.

53:1-6 are a particularly excellent group of verses to get our kids to memorise. They hold within them great deep truths about Jesus, about the good news that we have (beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news).

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

And importantly, they contain the big problem that humanity faces. Our own broken decision, our sin.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way;”

But again we have the Lord showing us mercy! The people who were “No Mercy” are now shown mercy (remember Hosea!).

“… And the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Who is the him in that passage?

It’s Jesus! Despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief – AND YET!

He bore our sin, the sin of the many, and He makes intecession for us transgressors.

This is the good news – That while we were still sinners (broken, apart), Jesus saves us (redeems, restores, renews, rescues).

Halleluah, what a Saviour!

* Gracious Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You that despite each of us rejecting You, going astray like sheep, going our own way – Despite the stupidity and rock-hard hearts, You chastised Jesus for us. You brought us peace by making Him a curse. You healed us with His wounds.

What a love You have. What a love this is.

May our hearts be ever in wonder at what You have done for us.


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