The Suffering Servant – revisited

I actually wrote this about a year or so ago… I found it, and it hit me hard- I thought I’d share it with you all. There’s been a lot of  rough stuff going on around me as of late, and sometimes God just doesn’t look like we’d like Him to, and that’s worth thinking about…

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“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, I’d be willing to bet that it’s not the type of savior and lord that you want interfering with your life either.

A friend of mine posted this quote:

“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 above, we often will not take it. Not only do we not take it, we often refuse to believe that it’s even from the hand of God.

We look at that despicable thing happening to us or coming at us, or that frustrating and irritating person talking to us and think, “there’s no way this is God; this is horrible.” But that’s exactly what people said about our Lord. “What good comes 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.

I want to challenge us all to dwell on these passages and images though… deeply. They really should make you weep. They should make you look around and see where you might be hiding your face from Him. They should make us realize that us prideful men often don’t like to look on the face of our Lord at all. We’re grateful that he died for us, but not so happy to watch Him do it.

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, Hollywood warrior to come and make it all right.

But He doesn’t always make it all right, does He? The Father didn’t make it all right for Him either… did He? And we’re supposed to take up our cross, and follow Him, aren’t we?

It’s for our own good – and it will save us from our wretched selves.

God, our 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, strength, and worldly power. Let Your kingdom come, Lord… and let us not be too blind to see it.

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3 thoughts on “The Suffering Servant – revisited

  1. transientglory

    Isaiah 53 is a gem. Probably my favorite part of all the Old Testament. These are indeed hard words, especially “Yet on himself he bore our sufferings, our torments he endured…but he was pierced for our transgressions, tortured for our iniquities; the chastisement he bore is health for us and by his scourging we are healed. We had all strayed like sheep, each of us had gone his own way; but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all.” I used to see these verses with only doctrine in mind. My theologically trained mind thought this was obviously speaking of the atonement. These verses seem different to me now. I’m beginning to really wrestle with the fact that God would lay all of this difficulty upon a man, and that this man would willingly take upon himself what he didn’t have to. These verses show us that we serve a God who indeed DOES NOT always make everything all right. His way of righting what is wrong was to come down in our flesh and live a short, difficult life with an exceedingly horrific ending. And you’re right…we’re supposed to follow him on that path. I’ve always held back from following Christ with every ounce of my being because deep down inside I believe that life is supposed to work the way I want it too. Too often, when it gets hard, I want to back out and protest that “I didn’t sign up for this!” Anyway, I’m rambling on. I’ll stop now. Good post.

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  2. Faith

    Gid knows this chapter in song. You should have him sing it for you. I love our Lord – He went all the way, tasted everything for me, for us. It is true that we draw back and turn our faces from Him when we see Him like that, but if we find the grace to turn and look & embrace, everything changes. Resurrection.

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