how few believe it! Who will listen? To whom will God reveal His saving power? In God's
eyes He was like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground.
But in our eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make us want Him.
We despised Him and rejected Him - a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We
turned our backs on Him and looked the other way when He went by. He was despised and we
didn't care. Yet it was our grief He bore, our sorrows that weighted Him
down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, for His own sins!
But He was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was chastised that we might have
peace; He was lashed - and we were healed! We are the ones who strayed away like sheep!
We, who left God's paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on Him the guilt and sins
of every one of us! He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He never said a word. He
was brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He
stood silent before the ones condemning Him.
From prison and trial they led Him away to His death. But who among the people of that
day realized it was their sins that He was dying for - that he was suffering their
punishment? He was buried like a criminal in a rich man's grave; but He had done no wrong,
and had never spoken an evil word. Yet it was the Lord's good plan to bruise Him and fill
Him with grief.
But when His soul has been made an offering for sin, then He shall have a multitude of
children, many heirs. He shall live again and God's program shall prosper in His hands.
And when He sees all that is accomplished by the anguish of His soul, He shall be
satisfied; and because of what He has experienced, My righteous servant shall make many to
be counted righteous before God, for
He shall bear all their sins.
Therefore, I will give Him the honors of one who is mighty and great, because He has
poured out His soul unto death. He was counted as a sinner, and He bore the sins of many,
and He pled with God for sinners.
- Prophet Isaiah 700 B.C.
(Isaiah, Chapter 53)
Jesus depiction from the 3D image on the Shroud Of Turin
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