Wednesday Of Holy Week
March 31, 2010
4 The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me
and opens my understanding to his will.
5 The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me,
and I have listened.
I have not rebelled or turned away.
6 I offered my back to those who beat me
and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard.
I did not hide my face
from mockery and spitting.
7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore, I have set my face like a stone,
determined to do his will.
And I know that I will not be put to shame.
8 He who gives me justice is near.
Who will dare to bring charges against me now?
Where are my accusers?
Let them appear!
9 See, the Sovereign Lord is on my side!
Who will declare me guilty?
We continue our journey toward the cross — the pivotal point in human history. It has been three days since Jesus rode in on a donkey into Jerusalem. Jesus’ enemies are plotting and scheming to kill Him. Here in Isaiah, we are again reminded of what Jesus was going to need to go through to save us humans. To our human minds, Jesus’ death seems so senseless and the opposite of justice. Here was God/man — he was God and yet 100% human, knowing exactly what we face. Jesus was innocent of all the charges that were hurled against him. It is simply amazing to me, what Jesus went through for us. He didn’t have to do it — it was his choice. What amazing love — what amazing grace — what amazing mercy. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice upon a cross. Thank you for what you went through for us — to save us — to sanctify us for your purpose.