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Monday, July 17, 2017

For The Joy Set Before Him

3. “He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 
4. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows (it was our sickness he carried, it was our diseases) that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 
5. But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 
6. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. 
7. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 
8. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. 
But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. 
9. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:3-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I am so amazed by the love in this passage of scripture. To think that Jesus would come to Earth to endure all of that for you and I. He didn't do it begrudgingly either. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that he did it with joy because he knew that his enduring it for us would literally save our lives and give us the right to call call him Daddy God (Gal. 4:4-6). What a wonderful and loving Father we have.

I hope that all is well with everyone 

Have a blessed and prosperous day
Steph