“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” ~Isaiah 53:3 NLT
As I read this today, what struck me is “we did not care“.
How many times have we said to the Lord that He doesn’t care?
That He doesn’t love us, He couldn’t love us.
God forbid we vocalized it out loud, but certainly based on our actions, it is clear that sometimes we may display this attitude of the heart.
It would be easy for us to say He doesn’t care when He seems silent, distant, noncompliant or slow in moving on what we have been asking Him.
But come sit at the cross with me for a minute.
Let me give you a different perspective.
Let’s look at the Cross together and focus on what the prophet Isaiah said years before Jesus fulfilled this prophecy in Isaiah 53.
Meet me at the foot of the Cross. Close your eyes after you read these verses again with a few added from The Message translation:
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!
What kind of love is this that would lead a Man and the King of the universe to leave heaven and His throne, in all its glory, willingly, to take on human flesh, devoid of anything good (Romans 7:18)?
What kind of love is this that Someone would willingly choose to be despised (looked down on), rejected (passed over), suffer, experience pain firsthand and the deepest grief ever known to mankind?
All for me.
All for you.
What kind of love is this that although I turned my back on Him and looked the other way, He still opened His arms and His heart and said,
I forgive you.
I love you.
I welcome you.
I have given you a clean slate.
Even though you rejected Me, I will never reject you.
Even though you turned your back on Me, I will never turn My back on you.”
Oh what kind of love is this?!
The truth is no matter what your thoughts, circumstances, the world or the enemy may say, He does care about you.
More than you’ll ever know.
He does love you.
He does see you.
He has already chosen you.
Dear sister, you and I will truly never know this kind of love unless we look at the Cross.
And once we do, and keep looking at it again and again, the waiting won’t seem so long or difficult.
Scripture references: The Holy Bible (several translations)
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