Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Servant Who Suffers

The story is not really about a Sufferer who does service.  It is about a Servant who experiences suffering…
“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.  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 crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that bought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed…” Isaiah 53:3-6.
The eyes of the Sufferer are on his or her hands, cracked and calloused… .they are on the bowed back that lifts and the life that fades.  Their eyes are on the years of service and how much they are due.  The Servant’s eyes, though he or she is truly tired, are only on Redemptive Streets of Gold leading their way into the hungry stomach and embittered soul of Naomi… .bringing revival and life.  They look forward to Restoration and All Things New… .Selah.
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might dies to sin and live in righteousness.  By his wounds you have been healed,” 1 Peter 2:21-24.
He saw Your healing… .Your Redemptive Streets of Gold…

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