Monday – Isa. 52:6 The events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of the Messiah, were heralded for hundreds of years before they happened and have been celebrated for thousands of years since they happened. Indeed the story of human history is the story of the Creator of the World, telling the world, who He is. The Deists of Thomas Jefferson’s time believed that God had created and then had left man to fend for himself. They believed He had no more interaction with man. I am not sure how they came to that conclusion, if they had read this scripture in Isa. This is obviously a statement from a God who wants us to know His name. What day is He talking about when He says, “…they will know on the day that I am He who says: Here I am”? We find the answer in the New Testament when Jesus is asked a very direct question. The Chief Priest asked him if He was the Messiah. And Jesus answered plainly. Read Mark 14:61-62. Jesus plainly declared the He was the Son of God. The God who says, “Here I am.” Pray with me. Thank You Lord that You want to be known. You want us to know of Your mercy. You want us to know Your love. Help me to know you with all my heart, soul, and mind. And then help me to love my neighbor as myself so that they too will know You. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
Tuesday – Isa. 52:7-10What a strange saying, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the herald, who proclaims peace…” Have you ever waited for a very special package to be delivered, only to see the delivery truck suddenly turn into your driveway? That is something of what this passage is talking about, except this passage is proclaiming the gift of salvation from a God who reigns over every aspect of this world. Here in Isa. 52 the picture given is of joyous watchmen on the wall, who see salvation coming for a city that has been under siege. Isaiah the prophet looks seven hundred years into the future and sees the Lord’s Holy Arm of Salvation which will be extended to all the nations, to “all the ends of the earth”. Isaiah 52 and 53 are about the coming of the Messiah to save us. “For the Lord has comforted His people; He has redeemed Jerusalem”. At the time, it had not yet happened, but with the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good News of the Gospel has indeed been extended to the “…ends of the earth.” People from every tongue and tribe and nation will see the salvation of our God.
Wednesday – Isa. 52:13-15 “My Servant” who is mentioned in verse 13 here is Jesus. Read John 12:32. When Jesus talks about being “Lifted up”, He is referring to the same thing as is talked about in Isa. 52:13. That is what in verse 14 Isaiah begins describing, someone who has been disfigured. He is referring to Jesus being lifted up on a cross and the torture He will endure for our sins. He would be tortured for our sin and His shed blood “will sprinkle many nations.” Isn’t it amazing how accurately the events surrounding the cross are described by Isaiah? Even down to how the Cross of Jesus Christ will affect Kings and Nations? Even Kings will believe in Him. People from every nation and every walk of life will come to understand what Paul refers to in the New Testament as the “mystery” of the Gospel. Read Eph. 1:7-10. Yes, as Isaiah says, “My Servant will act wisely…” is a true statement. Jesus will allow Himself to be lifted up on a cross, tortured, and even accept His life’s blood flowing from His body. He acted “wisely”, and humbly accepted the Cross so that we could understand the “Mystery”, in Eph. 1:7-10.
Thursday – Isa. 53:1-61 Jesus didn’t look like a movie star. He wouldn’t have been seen as attractive. Instead, He was “…despised and rejected by men…”. He was a “…man of suffering who knew what sickness was…”. This doesn’t mean that Jesus was sickly and weak during His days on earth. It means He took on Himself all the sins of mankind on the cross. That means that even the curse of sickness that passed onto man because of Adam’s sin, was cast upon Jesus while he suffered on the cross. Read 1 Cor. 15:22. Just as Adam’s sin brought disease and death on all men, Jesus’ atoning death brought life to all who will accept it. “He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains.” And yes, “…we are healed by His wounds…” Pray with me. Lord thank You for our healing through your affliction and pain. Thank you Father for sending Your Son to pay the sin-debt for my going astray. Thank you for being pierced for my iniquities. Help me live every day in thankfulness and gratitude for your sacrifice. Help me to walk in the peace that Your punishment has given me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Friday – Isa. 53:7-9 Jesus was oppressed and afflicted. He was cut off from the land of the living. Isaiah still is being shown what will happen to Jesus for our sake. Isaiah sees the cure for our rebellion in the obedience of Jesus. Jesus obeyed the will of the Father and accomplished everything the Father wanted. He was successful in doing what we could not be successful in. And when His last breath was gone, the circumstances of His death were prophesied hundreds of years before they occurred. First, “They made His grave with the wicked…” This was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified between two thieves. (Mt. 27:38) Second, “They made his grave…with a rich man at His death…” This was fulfilled when Jesus body was placed in the tomb of a rich man, Joseph of Arimethea. (John 19:38-42) The level of accuracy of Isaiah’s predictions concerning Jesus are absolutely incredible in their scope. God did this through Isaiah so that we would have faith in the cross and in the resurrection of Christ. Is your faith growing as you examine these predictions concerning the Christ? If not, or if you want more faith, ask Him and He will do as you ask. Read Matt. 6:33 and seek Him now.
Saturday – Isa. 53:10-12 A restitution offering is an offering given to make a terrible wrong, right. It is given to make up for something terrible. God made Jesus a restitution offering for our sin. He did it for our wrongs. And yet, as terrible as the cross was, God was pleased to crush Jesus for our sakes. We are the ones who should have suffered, but Jesus suffered anguish for us. But even while He was on the cross, even “out of His anguish”, Jesus would justify many people. He was numbered among the rebels, but he provided intercession for the rebels. He suffered the fate of a rebel, but He Himself never rebelled. As Isaiah says, “He will receive the mighty as spoil.” That is a phrase that means that after Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus will be so completely victorious that no power on earth will be able to stand against Him. So completely will Jesus’ Power and Name be exalted that He will win every future battle. He will even be victorious over death, our death. Read 1 Cor. 15:53-57. Pray with me. Our Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, You have won every victory over every foe and every battle. You are already victorious even over events that have yet to occur. Every victory is yours. I willingly give you every portion of my life, and every portion of my life, that I battle with daily. You are my Victor and my Lord. You are my King. I submit to you willingly. Be exalted in my home and family. Be exalted in my heart. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.