consider

Like sheep we had all wandered away,

each going its own way,

but the Lord let fall on him all our crimes.

 

He was oppressed and tormented,

but didn’t open his mouth.

Like a lamb being brought to slaughter,

like a ewe silent before her shearers,

he didn’t open his mouth.

 

Due to an unjust ruling he was taken away,

and his fate-who will think about it?

 

He was cut off from the land of the living,

struck dead because of my people’s rebellion,

His grave was among the wicked,

his tomb with evildoers,

though he had done no violence,

and had spoken nothing false.

 

But the Lord wanted to crush him and to make him suffer.

 

If his life is offered as a restitution,

he will see his offspring;

he will enjoy long life.

The Lord’s plans will come to fruition through him.

 

After his deep anguish

he will see light,

and he will be satisfied.

Through his knowledge, the righteous one, my servant,

will make many righteous,

and will bear their guilt. (Isaiah 53:6-11 CEB)

 

Let me not obscure this word with words of my own. Simply do this. Close your eyes and meditate for a moment on each of these three movements of thought:

  • Our selfishness. Our stupidity. Our sins.
  • His silence. His suffering. His sacrifice.
  • His service. His satisfaction. His setting us right.

Then pray.

Father God. All praise be to you for your unfathomable goodness and unspeakable gift! Amen.