…He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
Just as there were many who were appalled at Him –
His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and His form marred beyond human likeness –
so He will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of Him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.
But He was pierced for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,
and by His wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on Him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth;
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so He did not open His mouth.
– Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:5-7 (NIV)
Today, we pray and reflect upon on these words
as we fix our gaze on the Crucifix.
As we look at Christ on the Cross
we can identify the stages of His Passion,
which He undertook to save us:
the contempt suffered,
the unjust sentence,
the crowning with thorns,
the carrying of the Cross,
and the agony.
Jesus suffered on account of the sins of all of us.
By bearing the penalty of those sins
He atoned for the guilt involved and redeemed us.
He paid the price to set us free.
“The sufferings of our Saviour are our cure.”
– Theodoret of Cyrus
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
My Lord and my God.