Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Sunday, 26 September 21:
Isaiah 53:10 – “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring….”
Isaiah 53 is an amazing prophecy of Jesus. Take time to mediated on Isaiah 53 today. Isaiah 53 is referenced in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, 1 Peter, and 1 John, and it parallels the Gospels. This one chapter addresses the death, burial, resurrection, intercession, coronation, and salvation of Jesus Christ and answers the ultimate question or dilemma of mankind: “How can a sinner be right with Holy God and escape the penalty of eternal death to receive eternal life?”
- Romans 6:23 — For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- John 3:16 — For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- Ephesians 2:8 — For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
- Romans 3:22-26 — For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
“Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1) The reality of Christ was revealed to Isaiah through the Spirit and can only be revealed to others through the Spirit, but as he did with Isaiah, God uses Christians to proclaim the truth of the Gospel.
- 1 Peter 1:10-12 — Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
- Romans 10:14-15 — How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
- Acts 8:26-38 — Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this [Isaiah 53]:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
“He shall see his offspring.” In Christ, we are children of God – “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:29) “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3:26) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14) “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1) In Christ, we are to live out the reality of the Gospel and proclaim it. Jesus said, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37) Meditate on Isaiah 53, and bear witness to the truth.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 26 September 21: Share Isaiah 53 to someone today.