Esteemed Not

today's reading.
Isaiah 52:13-15   Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted...

the blog.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 puts before us a detailed preview of the sacrifice Jesus made for you and me. I know the story well, but as I read this morning, Isaiah 53:3 grabbed my heart. "He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as on from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

Being accepted by others is really important to me--and I don't think I'm alone when I say that. People (I) want to be loved. We (I) want to be "in" with our peers, our schoolmates, our co-workers, and when that doesn't happen it's miserable and feels awful. It hurts when someone says unkind things to me or about me or they don't treat me well. So when I read about Jesus being rejected and despised, the magnitude of His suffering and sacrifice hit me head on. Thank you, Jesus, for what You've done for us!

So what moved your heart as you read Isaiah 52:13-53:12? Did you see anything about Jesus that maybe you hadn't seen or focused on before? Tami W

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