30 March 2017

God's Word for Thursday, 3/30

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.

Isaiah 53:3-4 MSG


LindaG said...

Thank you, Reverend.

12Paws said...

Amen and hallelujah!

Old NFO said...

Well said, thanks for that reminder!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

The "our sins" part always catches me. Sometimes I tend to overlook my role in it.

Rev. Paul said...

You're welcome, now & always, Linda.

12Paws, hallelujah!

NFO, you are SO welcome. It's for me, too.

TB, we mustn't ever forget - but we all do.

Chickenmom said...

Thank you for the reminder, Rev. Paul. Sometimes we do forget.