Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Read: Isaiah 50:1-9a
This passage from Isaiah presents us with the picture of the Lord, who suffers willingly and innocently. He faced physical torment and verbal abuse without running away from it. God is our helper. God gave Jesus the strength to endure all of his suffering.
The Lord wakens us morning by morning, wakens our ears to listen like one being taught. Also, we can lean on, talk with, walk with, and be sustained by his word, by the breath of his spirit. He gives us hope for today and eternity. Sometimes, because we are so blessed, we forget our reality is not the reality that so many others face each day.
Prayer can change things and make the impossible become possible. Through prayer, we know what it is to be strengthened day by day and we know the joy of not walking alone. If we continue to follow God’s plans, we cannot be assured that there will not be trials, but we are assured that there will be success!
Sometimes we ask the question, how is it possible to remain indifferent to Jesus and all that he has done for us? Who other than Jesus would do all of this for us? During Holy Week, Jesus did not withdraw from First Church members. We have to turn back to the Bible and we are assured that Jesus will never leave us. Remember that God’s words do not go unpunished. Jesus is asking us why do you serve me on Sunday and the other days you forget about me and serve other gods. Jesus was wrongly unpunished. Others will say that he was punished because it was just for our sins.
Jesus was the perfect disciple. He relied on the Lord God by learning from God. We look to Jesus. God opens the servant’s ear and gives him words to share. But the servant chooses how he will react to the word. He is obedient to speak it. Jesus said that his burden is easy and his yoke is light. The Lord Jesus left us an example that we should follow in his steps. Christians are followers of Jesus not only because they believe in him and trust him as their Savior and king, but because they seek to imitate him in their daily living.
Dear Lord, help me listen to you, so that like Jesus Christ, I can be a blessing to those around me. Amen.
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