This week in my devotions, I have been studying Isaiah 53.
My inductive Bible study had me studying all the passive and active verbs in the chapter. As I went through and marked the verbs, and then later wrote all the active and passive phrases, I thought, “If anyone could have said, ‘It’s no fair!’, it would have been Jesus.”
We see in Isaiah 53 all the abuse Jesus had to endure at the hands of others (passive verbs), and then we see how he willingly took this punishment for us (active verbs). It wasn’t fair!
Here are some of the “no fair” phrases we read in Isaiah 53:
- He was despised and rejected of men. –> We hid our faces from Him. (verse 3) We, in aversion, covered our face in disgust from the Savior.
- He was despised. –> We did not esteem him. This shows our negative contempt for Him.
- He has born our griefs and carried our sorrows –> We esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted (verse 4). In another way of saying it, He was afflicted for our sins, yet we regarded Him as though He was bearing a punishment for something He had done.
- He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him –> By His stripes we are healed. (verse 5) Only because of the punishment He had to bear can we be saved.
- We have all gone astray –> yet the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (verse 6)
- He was oppressed and He was afflicted –> Yet He opened not His mouth. (verse 7) He wouldn’t defend Himself!
- He was led as a lamb to the slaughter –> But He still didn’t open His mouth. (verse 7)
- He was cut off (or had a violent death) from the land of the living; He was stricken –> for the transgressions/sins of the people. (verse 8)
- His grave was with the wicked –> Yet He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. (verse 9)
- It pleased the Lord (or it was God’s will) to bruise Jesus –> so that His sacrifice could be like a burnt offering/a covering for our sin. (verse 10)
All of these sentences definitely sound like “No Fair” sentences.
Here was the sinless Son of God taking the punishment of the world, yet He never once said, “No Fair.” Instead, He offered no defense. Instead He willingly died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven.
If Jesus Christ never once said, “No Fair,” then neither can we.
I Peter 2:20-24 says,
For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Hebrews 12:2-3 says:
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
If Jesus never once said, “No Fair,” then neither should we.
We need to follow in His steps and keep our eyes on the end goal: finishing strong.
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