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Isa. 49
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Isa. 50
Rev. 20
Isa. 51
Rev. 21
Isa. 52
Rev. 22
Isa. 53
Matt. 1
Isa. 54
Matt. 2
Isa. 55
Matt. 3

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Our reading this week includes three of the four “Servant Songs” in the prophet Isaiah: Isaiah 49:1–7; Isaiah 50:4–10; and Isaiah 52:13–53:12. These are some of the most explicitly messianic writings in the Old Testament. Listen to this from Isaiah 50:4–10:

The Lord GOD has opened My ear;

And I was not disobedient

Nor did I turn back.

I gave My back to those who strike Me,

And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;

I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.

For the Lord GOD helps Me,

Therefore, I am not disgraced;

Therefore, I have set My face like flint,

And I know that I will not be ashamed.

He who vindicates Me is near;

Who will contend with Me?

Let us stand up to each other;

Who has a case against Me?

Let him draw near to Me.

Behold, the Lord GOD helps Me;

Who is he who condemns Me?

Behold, they will all wear out like a garment;

The moth will eat them.

Who is among you that fears the LORD,

That obeys the voice of His servant,

That walks in darkness and has no light?

Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.

There’s quite a paradox in these verses. The Messiah subjects Himself to humiliation and spitting, and yet He says that He is “not disgraced.”

How can that be?

Even though He is disgraced for a time in the eyes of man, He is nevertheless helped by the Lord GOD. We see this play out vividly in the life of Jesus in His death and resurrection. He was falsely accused and unjustly condemned, resulting in intense humiliation. But His vindication was near! Though subjected to the shame of death on a cross, God then raised Him from the dead and thus turned that shame back on the heads of His enemies.

Amazingly, as we see at the end of the verses above, this promise of vindication belongs not only to Christ Himself, but to all who share with Him in His humiliation. The Apostle Paul makes us explicitly aware of this when he alludes to Isaiah 50 in Romans 8:31–39:

If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written,

“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;

We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

These wonderful promises are yours if you are one with Christ!

    VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

    Behold, My servant will prosper,

    He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.

    —Isaiah 52:13

    HOW TO PRAY

    • Adoration – Praise Jesus Christ for His perfect obedience to God the Father.
    • Confession – Confess ways you have been unwilling to suffer for Christ.
    • Thanksgiving – Thank God for prophets, apostles, reformers, and other fathers in the faith who have suffered so that you were able to receive the Gospel.
    • Supplication – Pray that Christ would receive the glory that is due His name: in our families; in our church; in our city, state, and nation; and throughout the world.

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    This post by Alex McNeilly

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