Today you should read: Isaiah 53
Glory. Americans spend most of their life trying to rid themselves of shame and obtain it. It is the thing that we seek from others and oftentimes will do whatever it takes to get. Yet, the only One who is worthy of glory lived His humanity in shame.
Jesus was shamed in His…
ANCESTRY. Jesus did not come from a royal family or a country of significance. He was born to a nobody. His birth was attempted to be concealed because Mary was a virgin. It would have been disgraceful for the woman to be perceived to have had pre-marital relations.
APPEARANCE. Jesus was not an attractive man and He did not live a life that would make Him appealing. He was not the most popular kid and was likely picked last at recess. Isaiah describes Him as a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He was not the life of the party or the one many of us would have gravitated toward.
ACTIONS. Jesus took the disgrace of mankind and bore it on Himself. He has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” and “was wounded for our transgressions.”. He did not try to come up with excuses but rather submitted to the will of God.
“Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”
(Romans 1:22-23, ESV)
Humanity has brought shame upon ourselves by exchanging God’s glory for the glory of other things. Isaiah says that man has turned to his own ways. Yet, it was “the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” (v11) It was Christ that man has taken out of their shame and into the glory of God.
We are glorified through Jesus’ shame in…
ANCESTRY. We become part of His family and royal lineage. The Lord God is reigning over His people and will one day consummate His kingdom through the gathering of His people. He loved us unconditionally by allowing His own Son to become the shame of man so that we might be glorified.
APPEARANCE. Although in this lifetime, tribulation is promised for those who follow Jesus. There will be a day in which everyone will bow before Jesus Christ. Our bodies will be done away with and we will receive glorified bodies for eternity.
ACTIONS. While Jesus’ actions are worth emulating, we do not share in His perfect life. We have sinned and done wrong things. Therefore, we must rely on His perfect life to ultimately bring us into a glorified state. We are dependent on the Holy Spirit to continue the work that Jesus began.
Man is only capable of shame without Christ.
Live in the glory of God!
Posted by: Corey Thweatt, Ministry Intern