Devotions for April 10, 2014

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Isaiah 53:1-12

1Who has believed our message? To whom has the lord revealed his powerful arm?

2My servant grew up in the lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.

3He 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.

4Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!

5But 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.

6All 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.

7He 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.

8Unjustly 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.

9He 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.

10But it was the lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.

11When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.

12I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

1 Peter 2:24

24He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

In this powerful chapter from the Old Testament, we see how hundreds of years before the death of Jesus, God was planning for him to be a substitute for our sins, to be the one to have our sins places upon Him.

Q: Though it’s repetitive from the day before, how does this help to show you how much God loves and cares for you, knowing for such a long time how He would make our relationship with Him right?

Q: Instead of asking more questions, take some times today to read and reread the passages, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you and imprint them on your heart and mind.

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