53 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
When liberation and rescue does not come the way we thought it would, we grow rather restless. Whether it is in a book we are reading, a movie we are watching, a TV series we are binging on all weekend, or the reality of our lives. Don’t we grow impatient, maybe agitated, that things are not unfolding the way we hoped? In our spiritual life too, we would love for the answer to our prayers to, as has been said, “hit us like a bolt of lightning while rainbow confetti sprinkles from the sky, and a harp plays in the background.”
But often, God works in ways we don’t expect and quite honestly we would never see coming. Jesus fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy about the Messiah. Yet, His life runs contrary to the savior people had in mind.
“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” - Isaiah 53:3
Israel was looking for a mighty king to deliver them. But their rescuer wasn’t going to be the typical hero. He would be an ordinary guy, someone they would look down on or pass over (Isaiah 53:2-3). This humble servant would be pierced, crushed, and wounded for them (Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus came in humility, suffered, and showed compassion and mercy. He didn’t take over by might or force or will. Although he could have. Instead, Jesus gave His life so we could have eternal life. He revealed who God is, and what the followers of God would care about. What God has prepared for us is greater than anything we can imagine (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Here is something I am learning slowly. The miracle you are looking for might not come in the package you expect, but it will come. God is faithful in fulfilling His promises.
When you’re in a period of waiting and not knowing what comes next, sit, and ponder the miracle of Jesus’ birth and rest knowing that in Christ, all things will ultimately lead to God’s glory, even suffering.
What comes to pass on our behalf, is God’s work. Go back and read Isaiah 53 again. Notice what God has done to bring us PEACE. God who was acquainted with grief; who was despised, who was pierced for our transgressions; who was crushed for our iniquities; upon whom the chastisement that brought us peace was placed, and through whose wounds we are healed. If we think about that, I mean really sit and ponder this, what is there really to fear, If this is the God who is for us?