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The Outcast

Isaiah 53

Verse 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.

Yesterday we talked about Jesus declaring that all the prophesies about Him were fulfilled. There were many prophesies that had been given about Him and He didn’t miss living out each and every one.

This chapter sounds so depressing if we don’t read it by looking through the rearview mirror of the Gospel. We see various images of rejection and pain. Among this list of horrible events is a clue as to the reason that Jesus was rejected. Our key verse shows some of the reasons that the people rejected Him. As with the time they begged God for a king they could see, they were looking for someone who was handsome and fit the image of what they thought a king should look like.

But God’s ways are not our ways. As He told Samuel when he was looking to anoint God’s chosen king, man looks on the outside but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). It is so easy to look for someone that we like the looks of or that we think is qualified because of our desired outcome. But God was sending Jesus for a different purpose than the people awaiting the Messiah thought.

As we know, God’s ways are not our ways and that means that we shouldn’t expect His will to reflect our will. Since He can see all of eternity, from eternity past through eternity future, He knows what fits the overall picture, whereas we see only what is directly in front of us. It is this short-sighted view that caused the religious leaders to miss Jesus. He was exactly the opposite of the one they wanted to be the Messiah. Isn’t that the truth for us, too? We don’t want Jesus to be someone who requires holiness and such of us. We like to believe that since He is God, He is only “nice” and “kind”, leaving Him in a small box. But He is loving and that means that He isn’t all fluff and good feelings. He is true, just and more than we can ever imagine.

Making It Personal

Have you ever learned something about God that surprised you because it didn’t match up with what you thought about Him? Where do you get your image of who God is? What does knowing the truth of God change how you live your life?

Making It Personal Kids

Have you ever thought about what Jesus looked like? We know it wasn’t His looks that brought people to Him, what do you think it was that drew them to Him? What draws you to Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for not making things the way we would. Give us the wisdom to want Your will, Your way instead of our wants, our way. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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