Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Love and Faithfulness of Jesus

Every day it seems to hit me anew that it is not my ability that God wants but my willingness to be surrendered to Him, to lean on His ability and not on myself. This definitely keeps me humble, needy, and honest before Him and more understanding about the weaknesses and needs of others. I am grateful for that. Less of the false prideful me, more of the real me created to be like Christ Jesus—obedient to God, loving, forgiving and walking in the Spirit. I need the Spirit's filling every single moment. My confidence comes from Him. Like David, I want to "keep the LORD every before me."

I am thankful that Jesus is willing to dwell in us and help us down this path of life one step at a time.  He is faithful. And He has no favorites. He invites all to come and get to know Him and be reconciled to God through Him.
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.

 7-9He was beaten, he was tortured,
   but he didn't say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
   and like a sheep being sheared,
   he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
   and did anyone really know what was happening?
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
   beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
They buried him with the wicked,
   threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he'd never hurt a soul
   or said one word that wasn't true.

 10Still, it's what God had in mind all along,
   to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
   so that he'd see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
   And God's plan will deeply prosper through him.

 11-12Out of that terrible travail of soul,
   he'll see that it's worth it and be glad he did it.
Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant,
   will make many "righteous ones,"
   as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Therefore I'll reward him extravagantly—
   the best of everything, the highest honors—
Because he looked death in the face and didn't flinch,
   because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
   he took up the cause of all the black sheep. (Isaiah 53:6-12;The Message Bible)

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(a portion of this post was first published in December 2010)

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