Daily Devotional: Monday, April 6, 2020
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:
It’s very hard to understand the inner relationship of the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit; three Persons, one God.
Here Isaiah speaks of “the LORD.” This is the personal name God gives Himself in the Old Testament in His relationship with His people, Israel. “The LORD” is God the Father, and Whom was He crushing?
He was crushing the Messiah.
Who was the Messiah?
The Messiah is God the Son. Isaiah is telling us here that it pleased God the Father to crush His Son Jesus.
How did God crush His Son and put Him to grief?
By sending Jesus here to take on flesh and live among us; to be born of a woman and born under the Law; to be humiliated and suffer and die. It pleased God the Father to do this to His Son. Did you notice that word “pleased?”
Remember we said it’s very hard to understand the inner relationship of the Trinity? It is a deep, deep mystery how crushing His Son pleased God. The Bible only tells us God did this because of His love.
Love for Whom?
Love for the world, which means love for sinful men, which means love for you and me.
“For God so loved that world” that He crushed “His Only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.”
We’re headed this week to Good Friday. This is the meaning of Good Friday. Because of our Heavenly Father’s love for this world of sinners, He was pleased to crush His Son Jesus on the Cross.
But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief;
- Did Jesus crush Himself or did His Father crush Him?
- Why did Jesus allow His Father to crush Him?
- How much did Jesus love His Father?
SONG OF THE WEEK
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
’Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
’Tis the long expected Prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By His Son God now has spoken:
‘Tis the true and faithful Word.
Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting His distress;
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.
Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed,
See Who bears the awful load;
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.
Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation,
His the Name of which we boast.
Lamb of God for sinners wounded,
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
I worship and adore You, Heavenly Father, for so loving the world that you gave Your only-begotten Son for our salvation. I worship and adore You, Jesus Messiah, for loving and obeying Your Father when He sent You to the cross. I worship and adore You, Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life, for awakening hearts to the message of forgiveness and creating new life in Christ Jesus by faith. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that You loved us. We love, because You loved us first. It is truly wonderful, O Triune God, to be loved by You. Amen.
OTHER PRAYER NEEDS
- Thank God for giving us a joyful Palm Sunday!
- That He would give us the ability to meet in our cars for Easter
- That He would continue to bless us with good health and sustain us through this time
SCRIPTURE MEMORY THIS WEEK
Isaiah 53:11-12 (KJV)
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.