I feel honored and privileged each week as I pray for our Church. I read and I listen, in contemplation as I'm led, I write. I write our devos in the hope to amplify and apply the sacred text. I write trustfully that some small part of the truth of the text will lodge in the heart and ultimately be incarnated in our living. This week we take a break from our study of Acts to focus on the daily art of considering Jesus. Read them prayerfully, intentionally and instructively. If they speak to you, share them with others. Blessings, Dave Edwards
“. . . our sorrows He carried; . . .” Isaiah 53:4
Life can leave us bruised, battered, broken and bent. Thankfully we are not left to learn how to cope with what appears to be unchangeable problems.
Isaiah pulls back the veil to show the full extent of what it cost Jesus to make us sons and daughters of God. His agony was the basis for the simplicity of our salvation.
As His disciples, we are called to walk in conformity to the ways of Jesus. As the believers of the early church faced persecution, they were not left on their own without a model to follow, for Christ had suffered, leaving an example to follow in His steps.
Jesus bore our sorrows. He didn’t use them as a reason for revenge or rebellion. When He was being wrongly, cruelly, terribly treated, Jesus didn’t answer back, knowing we are called to have the same response. Yet, you know you can’t do it because you want to fight back; you want your opinion to be made known, you want to be heard, you feel the need to defend yourself.
There is a breaking point in each one of us. It’s the point in our obedience when our soul screams out “this is not fair!” The breaking point is where the nails must be driven into every last stubborn part of us, when following Jesus is tougher than imagined.
Yet, it’s also a point of illumination when we realize the cross is the way to handle every situation and circumstance that comes our way. Jesus’ death on Calvary illustrates that redemption comes to us in the form of a cross. Suffering love is God’s strategy, His only strategy, God redeems through the cross. We overcome by surrendering to the cross in love and obedience.
What’s your breaking point? Name it. Confess it. Know Jesus carried it.