Isaiah 53:2-6 (The Message)
The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
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!
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.
Jesus models for us the ultimate in compassion and love for all humankind. It is a love so deep that He himself took on the darkness and allowed the world to overcome Himself, so that we would be free. He shares our infirmities, our sorrows and pain, even now, so that we can claim His healing. It is a healing, once claimed, that sets us free.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me to live into the love and compassion of Jesus as I journey with others. Help me answer the call to share my life and my wounds, as one beating pulse. Let my love for all life transcend me to a place of servant-hood and connectedness for all humanity. As I am healed, we all are healed.