The Suffering Servant

“For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.” Isaiah 53:2

It’s interesting, this description of Messiah. Not exactly the type of savior many want, in fact, if you are honest with your day to day life, I’d be willing to bet that it’s not the type of savior and lord that you want interfering with your life either.

My friend David posted this earlier today on Buzz;

“Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.”
– George MacDonald

God knew what we needed, and as stated here above, we so often will not take it.

We look at that despicable thing happening to us or coming at us or talking to us and think, there’s no way this is God, this is horrible. That’s exactly what people said about Christ. “What good come from Nazareth?”

“He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:3-5

I have a rough time reading these verses. Why? Well, I’ve too often turned away from His horrid face. It’s too hard to look at.

Dwell on these though… deeply. They really should make you weep. They should make you look round and see where you might be hiding your face from Him.

I find it funny about us, even those who are endeavoring to be dedicated disciples, that we know in our heads that these verses are the very face of our Lord. But yet, in our hearts we still long for a mighty warrior to come and make it all right.

God, Father… please change our hearts and vision, that we would be able to see the real You, and not long for you to be different. Please don’t let us send you away when we see Your affliction.

Let us receive You openly. Let us welcome You with open arms. Deliver us from our lust for might and strength. Let Your kingdom come, Lord… and let us not be too blind to see it.


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