The Light of the Word

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Attending a bible study, I was reading and researching during the class and during that class, I discovered Isaiah 53.

The scripture brought me to a complete standstill. I read the passage. And  I read it again. And again. With reverence, reading it aloud and reading it slowly Each word a revelation. Growing up Catholic, studying the Bible was not part of my family traditions. Church consisted of the priest’s weekly homily and taking communion. So this discovery, of Isaiah 53, was a discovery that left me in complete awe, shaken to the core. The story of Jesus I thought I knew so well was suddenly brought into sharpened clarity, seeing it through this new lens, this story of the Messiah recorded by an Old Testament prophet centuries before the birth of Jesus.

Borne our griefs.  Carried our sorrows. Pierced for our transgressions. With his stripes we are healed. 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.

I read the verse again and again, slowly, out loud, tracing along each word with my finger, like a blind person reading braille. I was indeed a blind person who could suddenly see. In the verse of Isaiah 53 before me there was the entire story of Jesus and His atonement for our sins through his suffering, his scourging, and his crucifixion. The Book of Isaiah was written by the Prophet Isaiah between 680 and 701 BC – the ministry of Jesus Christ told with profound simplicity and astonishing detail. The light of the Word and illuminated by eternal truth.

As I read and reflected on the passage, I was reminded of the Gloria Patri: “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.”  Through grace, reading the passage on that summer night, I was changed and transformed me. And this is ultimately, the power of the Living Word of God to speak to us directly and to open up new dimensions of understanding.

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

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.

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.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

 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.

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. – Isaiah 53:1-12 (KJV)

 

source: Bible Gateway

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3 thoughts on “The Light of the Word

  1. I praise the Lord that you have discovered your own personal walk with our Lord Jesus. You have discovered the true meaning of life. I enjoyed the simplicity of your meaningful posts.

    I am also participating in Jeff Goin’s class on blogging. See you there!

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