Isaiah and the Rest of the Story

by SomeGirl on April 22, 2011 · 2 comments

I am so glad my sweet friend, Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake, has so kindly agreed to lead us through the book of Isaiah on our journey from Christmas to Easter (which is finally here!)… I know you will be blessed by her words and God’s Word! I LOVE Alicia and the book of Isaiah both very much! ♥ Follow along with her by reading Isaiah on your own during the week. :)

Alicia is married to her best friend and together they homeschool their 13 year old son. She also works part-time for her family business & is extremely involved in her homeschool group. All of this leaves her more than a little flaky. So join her at Confessions of a Snowflake, as she shares life, from one snowflake to another.

Thank you, Alicia!

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Isaiah and the Rest of the Story

This is the day that gets me.

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
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 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.

This is the day that sends me to my knees.

Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
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.
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.

This is the day that breaks my heart.

This is the day my precious Savior was brutally murdered.

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. Isaiah 53:1-8

And He never said a word.

He knew this day was going to happen. He knew He would be beaten beyond recognition. He knew He would be forced to carry his own cross. He knew He would be violently nailed to that cross.

From the beginning of time, He knew this day was going to happen. And He did it anyway.

I can’t imagine the love that drove Jesus to the cross.

Greater love has no one than this,that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

And I can’t imagine my life if He hadn’t gone to that cross.

So although this is the day that brings me heartache, it is also the day that gives me hope. Without the crucifixion, there would be no resurrection.

“The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” Mark 9:31

It’s the resurrection that is the foundation of our faith.

If Jesus had stayed in that tomb, there would be no story. He would have just gone down in the history books as another great teacher who was martyred…or even worse…a fraud.

But the story didn’t end in the tomb.

Instead the story continues in our hearts.

It continues as we walk with Jesus day in and day out. It continues as we share Him with others. It continues in the dark days and the sunshine. And it will continue to the very end of the age.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Dear Jesus, thank You for going to that cross. Thank You for loving us enough to endure pain and death. May we never forget that sacrifice. And may we also never forget the power of the resurrection. Thank You for giving us hope when there was no hope. Thank You for giving us your all. In your precious name we pray, Amen.

{ 2 comments }

Alicia The Snowflake

Thanks again friend for letting me share. I pray you and your family have a blessed Easter!

Steph

Precious, Precious, Precious! I have been studying Isaiah this whole year and it has changed my perspective. I love this post! And I love the name, of Alicia’s blog! We are all like snowflakes! headed there now. =)

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