“This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, [this is] My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations. He will not cry out or shout or make His voice heard in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick; He will faithfully bring justice. He will not grow weak or be discouraged until He has established justice on earth. The islands will wait for His instruction.” This is what God the Lord says- who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and life to those who walk on it- “I, the Lord, have called you for a righteous [purpose], and I will hold you by your hand. I will keep you, and I make you a covenant for the people [and] a light to the nations, in order to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, [and] those sitting in darkness from the prison house. I am Yahweh, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, or My praise to idols. The past events have indeed happened. Now I declare new events; I announce them to you before they occur.”
The above Scripture is one of four on a list of selected Holy Week readings I found online. As I enter Holy Week and read these verses my thoughts turn to the reason God sent Jesus to Earth. John 3:16-17 tells us exactly why. Jesus came to save the world from sin. All of the events in Jesus’ life ~~ the miracles, teaching, healing ~~ led Him to this week in history. Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. And everything Jesus had done came down to this week. The people were expecting an earthly ruler to save them from Rome, but God had other plans. He had an eternal plan to save us all from sin and death. Jesus knew as he entered Jerusalem that He would face the cross and death by the end of the week. But He also knew that God’s plan was perfect and that Easter Sunday was coming!
I am so thankful that I worship a God who loves me so much that He was willing to sacrifice His one and only Son for my sake. Holy Week reminds me of the enormity of that sacrifice, and the pain and suffering Christ endured. I know I am not worthy of His grace, yet He has freely given it. Praise God! My prayer for this week is that all believers will reflect on what He has done for us on a personal level. Without the saving blood of the Lamb we would have no hope. Because of His sacrifice we have the promise of spending eternity with Him in Heaven. Our God truly is an awesome God!