Saturday, April 03, 2010

Isaiah 53

He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely He has borne our griefs , and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

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 all. ~ Isaiah 53: 3-6

 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.  Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say Place of the Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink. Then they crucified HIm, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots."  Psalm 22:18      ~Matthew 27: 31-35

 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women,"Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead....  Matthew 28: 2-7


Anonymous said...

There is an old Orthodox Christian saying 'Christ is risen - nothing else mattersw!'

Though this might seem flippant to non Orthodox hearers, at its heart, is actually an incredibly reassuring truth; The victory IS won!! the enemy IS defeated!! No matter the difficulties we might face, (especially regarding the theme of this blog - (encouragement for homemakers and femininity in the developped world), Christ's victory assures us it is not in vain, and, moreover, the dark forces of our world who would love nothing better than to crucify the entire worldwide church and lay Christianity into the grave, WILL lose, HAVE lost! they may roam about like roaring lions seeking to devour whomever they will, but their days are numbered and their cause is nill; hence the agression - it is the aggression of a mortally wounded animal.

Glory to God for all things!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, The enemy always whines on its way out.

Anonymous said...

Christ is risen!....He is risen, indeed! Blessed Easter to all His believers.


Gail said...

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Diane Shiffer said...

Praise the Lord for His wonderful Goodness!

Andrea said...

Beautiful blog, and beautiful ministry!

Blessings to you,