January 21, 2020
Isaiah 9:2-4. “The people (Israel) who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; You have increased its joy; they rejoice before You as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.”
Sadly, the children of Israel were fond of chasing after foreign gods, giving their allegiance to evil cultic practices and wrongdoing on a grand scale. God, being a just God, could not let them get by with it so he allowed other countries to take them into captivity. But he did not forget them. He restored them when they turned back to him.
We too are undeserving people, seeking what we believe to be in our best interest. It could be said of us, "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."
Isaiah tells us in 53:4-5 that Jesus, is the “him” who "has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows," who was "smitten by God," "pierced," "crushed," and chastised for our sins, and it is Jesus—and him alone—by whose "wounds we are healed."
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, You have brought light and forgiveness to us, a people living in darkness and sin through your Son. Thank You for this wonderful gift. We give you all praise and glory. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.