Remember your last drive through such a landscape? Some mountains are close by; some are farther away. The mountains are beautiful on a clear day, and the closer you get, the clearer the beauty. When you’re actually in the mountains, the beauty is stunning, breathtaking, and even dangerous (if you’re driving).
For thousands of years, Old Testament believers clung to the promise of the Savior. It seemed so far away, so distant at times that it might have appeared that it would never come true. The mountain range of redemption (accomplished on Mount Calvary) was far off in the distance and the details were sketchy and unclear.
Suddenly, the glorious Gospel of Isaiah 53 appeared. Here, 700 years before the Savior arrived, was a vivid description of mankind’s salvation, as clear as if one stood at the foot of the cross on Good Friday.
It is this Old Testament Gospel, the glorious mountain range of eternal truth, that is our focus for this year’s mid-week Lenten journey. Isaiah 53 – and the few verses just before and after – take us to the mind and heart of our Savior and to the scene of his saving work.
For your own sake, take the time to work through the breathtaking view of grace found here. Trinity’s mid-week services (4 p.m. on Wednesdays) will also be posted online by Wednesday evening. Join us in person or online for this journey. Your heart will thank you. Your soul will soar. Your mind will be in awe of God’s incomprehensible love…for you!
Don’t have time? Too busy? Nonsense! Fix your eyes on the One who was “(raised and)… lifted up….(and) highly exalted” (Isaiah 52:13) for you. Marvel at the One who took your place, walked through the valley of the shadow of death for you, challenged death itself in your place; the One who emerged alive and victorious to assure you that because he lives, you also will live forever with him!
Such sacrifice. Such love. Such grace. Undeserved. Unfathomable. But yours, nonetheless, as God’s free gift.
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;
Proofs I see sufficient of it: ‘Tis the true and faithful Word.
- Christian Worship, #127, v.1
God bless your Lenten journey in Jesus,
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand