Daily Devotional: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Isaiah 53:3 (KJV)
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
He is despised and rejected of men;
The prophet, Isaiah, continues to describe the Messiah. Here he says the Messiah will be despised. What does it mean to be despised?
It means people diss you. They talk ugly and mean about you. They look down on you. They hate you.
Isaiah says the Messiah will be despised and rejected. What does it mean to be rejected?
If people reject you, they turn away from you. If you ask a woman to marry you, she says “no.” If you want to be friends with some boy your age, you ask him to play with you and he says “no” and runs away to play with the other boys.
It hurts to be rejected, doesn’t it? So, the Messiah is also…
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
The Messiah is a man of sorrows. He has lots of tears. Lots of sadness.
The Messiah is “acquainted with grief.”
If you’re “acquainted” with grief, that means you are really familiar with it. Children are familiar with their brothers and sisters. Your Mom is familiar with your Dad. Jesus was familiar with grief. With crying. With sadness.
One time Jesus was teaching the crowds. Tons of people always showed up to listen to Him. This time, though, Jesus said something the people really didn’t like, so they got up and left Him. They despised and rejected Him, and it made Him so sad that He turned to His disciples who were His closest friends and asked them, “Are you going to leave me too” (John 6:66-69)?
- Do you think your Daddy would have rejected Jesus?
- Why did people reject and walk away from Jesus?
- Did all the sadness break Jesus’ heart? Why or why not?
SONG OF THE WEEK
Jesus Paid It All
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone. [Refrain]
For nothing good have I
Where-by Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. [Refrain]
And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat. [Refrain]
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Dear Father, thank You for giving us a Savior who knows what it is to suffer and who is able to relate to us in even the most difficult things. Please help us to love Jesus and to give Him joy by our obedience. Amen.
OTHER PRAYER REQUESTS
- Relief for those who are suffering
- Safety for doctors and nurses who are caring for the sick
- Wisdom for our leaders
SCRIPTURE MEMORY THIS WEEK
Isaiah 53:5-6 (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.