Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Pater, Fiat Voluntas Tua

The Prophesy of Isaias, Chapter 53
A prophecy of the passion of Christ.

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 And he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of a thirsty ground: there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness: and we have seen him, and there was no sightliness, that we should be desirous of him: 3 Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth. 8 He was taken away from distress, and from judgment: who shall declare his generation? because he is cut off out of the land of the living: for the wickedness of my people have I struck him. 9 And he shall give the ungodly for his burial, and the rich for his death: because he hath done no iniquity, neither was there deceit in his mouth. 10 And the Lord was pleased to bruise him in infirmity: if he shall lay down his life for sin, he shall see a long-lived seed, and the will of the Lord shall be prosperous in his hand.
11 Because his soul hath laboured, he shall see and be filled: by his knowledge shall this my just servant justify many, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I distribute to him very many, and he shall divide the spoils of the strong, because he hath delivered his soul unto death, and was reputed with the wicked: and he hath borne the sins of many, and hath prayed for the transgressors.

As a meditation...just think about God's love. What have we done to deserve it? What do we do daily to showhow much we appreciate his love and his sacrifice...a sacrifice that is so great our finite minds can not comprehend it. Just think...that in the fullness of time, The Word became flesh and dwelt among us...however we knew him not...we despised him and counted him among the stricken...yet, He humbled himself to death on a cross...for no transgressions of his own...but for our own iniquities. The spotless lamb..the living and perfect sacrifice by whose blood our sins are washed away. Through Him, many will be saved. Therefore it was through man that sin first entered the world and with it death and condemnation...however by His death, acquittal and everlasting life came upon all of us.

God Bless you All

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