Passion Week - Monday
God’s Unique Rescue Plan
13 See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. 14 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.
Israel, God’s people were in captivity and needed some good news. The good news that God is bringing to them has to do with a servant. This servant acts wisely or as it says in other translations “will prosper.” Immediately, Isaiah begins to describe this servant and the description is not what we would associate with prospering or with good news. People that are to see him are astonished, appalled because he was so disfigured. The question that should bubble up in your mind is; was this servant born this way or did something happen to him to make people be appalled at his appearance.
In Isaiah 53:5 he answers this question of whether or not he was disfigured or did something happen to him.
5 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.
The servant was mistreated to the point that he was pierced and crushed for our iniquities. The good news of Israel’s deliverance and ours as well does come in the normal way. The good news of our chains of sin falling off comes through a servant who is crushed for us so we could be restored. In Isaiah 55 God lets us know that He works differently than we do. It is written there,
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
It should be of no surprise to us that God works according to His purposes and His nature. This Good Friday as we look at the cross, look with the thought that who else could have used the most cruel execution tool to bring salvation to the whole world. God’s ways are not our ways! Take note that with all of the humiliation that the servant experiences it says, “he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.” 52:2b. We serve a great and awesome God.
Personal reflection questions:
When has there been a time in your life that God used unusual circumstances, people, or nature to speak to you?
Today as we kick off Passion week focus on God’s wise, unique, and imaginative plan and purposes that He has for our lives.
What good news do you believe that you as a family need right now?
When has God used you in an unsuspecting way to help someone else?
Why is it important to remember that God does not work in a prescribed way?
How can you as a family do a better job in serving each other and your neighbors?
Monday, April 6th
Isaiah 52:13-14 (NIV) See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. 14 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—
Isaiah knows that Jesus is coming and he will come as a servant, but then be lifted up and highly exalted. But I am sure the people during that time thought he would be exalted as a King, a ruler. But we know that he came as a humble servant; a King like no other.
What does it mean to be a King? What makes a King special? Do you think that Kings don’t have to do certain things; chores, etc? Name some of those things. Do you think that a King is a servant? What does it mean to be a servant? How can we be servants? Who can you serve around you? Discuss ways that you can be just like Jesus to those especially during this time?
Lets’ say a prayer and thank God for sending his son for us. Thank you that He was such a great example for us and how we should serve others. Help us to serve those around us.
Take some time and make some “coupons” to give to your family members that they can use for you to “serve” them. Examples like “This coupon entitles you to me getting you a cup of coffee, 15 minutes of quiet time, helping clean up your room…Come up with your own, too. And continue to be like Jesus after the coupons are gone and help and serve others.