Saturday, March 23, 2013

Contemplating Holy Week

 
'The Servant grew up before God - a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about Him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
 
He was looked down on and passed over,
a Man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at Him and people turned away.
We looked down on Him, thought He was scum.
 
But the fact is, it was OUR pains He carried -
OUR disfigurements, all the things wrong with US.
We thought He brought it on Himself,
that God was punishing Him for His own failures.
 
But it was our sin that did that to Him,
that ripped and tore and crushed Him - OUR SINS!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through His bruises we get healed.
 
We're all like sheep who've wandered off and gotten lost.
We've all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we've done wrong,
on Him, on Him ...'
 
- Isaiah 53:2-6 {The Message}.
 
 
 
~   ~    photograph taken by my neice, Jessica Nguyen Davidson, in Ohrid, Macedonia    ~   ~  
 

22 comments:

  1. I love this week. It is a time of contemplation, prayer and humble thankfulness.

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    1. Yes ... and oh, to be focused on Him more often. {Welcome back online, friend!}

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  2. Linda,
    Beautiful picture and verses. So thankful that Christ died for us and rose again!

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  3. I had never read this passage in The Message translation. Thank you for sharing it. Wow!

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    1. Yep, The Message knocks it out of the park, once again.

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  4. Such powerful verses, in every translation. Thank you for sharing them. God bless.

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Brandee ...

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  5. heartwrenching but beautiful expression of His sacrificial love...good words to start the holy week...

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    1. Sacrificial ... oh yes, Kel ...

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  6. Neat picture! Would love to have something like that in my front yard, laying Him on everyone.

    Thanks.

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    1. Hey CaryJo ... such a powerful testimony with that heavenly sky backing it up!

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  7. i love this. i needed this. *thank you*.

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    1. Yes, Kelli, we need this ...

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  8. The perfect way to start this week...thank you!! Laurel

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  9. Blessings to you, Laurel ...

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  10. Oh, how I love how The Message says things sometimes, Linda. I especially was drawn to the words, "...it was our sin that did that to Him." So often I don't take personal responsibility for the pain and suffering He endured. I see it as a beautiful sacrifice for the collective sins of the world. Yet there is my horrible part of the shed blood that I need to "own." Very convicting, my friend. Thanks so much for your part in preparing my heart for Easter.

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    1. Oh yes, Beth, we all have ownership in Jesus' torturous death. Praise God for the resurrection of His beloved Son and His bounty of forgiveness for our sins!

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  11. That was a good way to start Holy Week. I don't think until this week it really hit me the weight of Easter. It's made me very contemplative.

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  12. I'm hearing you, Alecia. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the dailyness, the routine ... we need to set this time aside to reflect on who He is, what He has done, and what He requires of us.

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  13. Neat translation. At first, I thought you had penned this, Linda. Then I saw that it was from a Bible translation...

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    1. A fresh look at a very significant passage ... yes, Barb!

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Linda

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