SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-5
Isaiah 53:1-5 says, “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” This passage sets up the foundation of the entire chapter by outlining the benefits of the atonement. This includes the judicial side of Christ. Every single thing that He endured illegally has a reward for the church on the other side of His suffering. He was killed illegally and when God the Father raised Him from the dead He judged satan, sin, sickness, disease and death. He overcame it through enduring the cross. The resurrection of Christ is a judgment on satan’s control of earth and its resources and the enemy’s rule was broken by the resurrection of Christ. Everything Jesus suffered was illegal. We have the foundation for this in Isaiah 53:3-5. This chapter is completely dedicated to unfolding the process of illegal affliction on Christ Himself until God’s judgment breaks every aspect of what Christ endured. The purpose for which He came was to set man free from Adam’s rebellion and submission to satan. Jesus was victorious and because He was victorious- we need to understand the full measure of the application of that success. We have only settled for a partial application of that success. Our understanding of this process must grow to maturity. We need to read and ponder these truths prayerfully and pray in the Spirit as we read, asking the Spirit to lead us and guide us in all the truth here. I challenge you to use your heavenly language as you unlock the truths of the atonement!