Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
(The Advent: Faces within the Christmas Story.)
Isaiah 53:7-9 (NIV)
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
Isaiah 53:7 (MSG)
He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence.
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself]; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before her shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” -AMPLIFIED
Isaiah was the one who prophesied that this Lamb would be the Messiah; our suffering Servant. Isaiah said, “So he was despised and forsaken by men,
this man of suffering, grief’s patient friend.
As if he was a person to avoid, we looked the other way;
he was despised, forsaken, and we took no notice of him.
Yet it was our suffering he carried,
our pain and distress, our sick-to-the-soul-ness.
We just figured that God had rejected him,
that God was the reason he hurt so badly.
But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so.
Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.
He endured the breaking that made us whole.
The injuries he suffered became our healing.
We all have wandered off, like shepherdless sheep,
scattered by our aimless striving and endless pursuits;
The Eternal One laid on him, this silent sufferer,
the sins of us all.” -Isaiah 53:3-6 (VOICE)
The Apostle Peter spoke of the fact that Jesus was the fulfillment of this prophecy. Peter tells us, “For you know that you were not redeemed from your useless [spiritually unproductive] way of life inherited [by tradition] from your forefathers with perishable things like silver and gold, but [you were actually purchased] with precious blood, like that of a [sacrificial] lamb unblemished and spotless, the priceless blood of Christ. For He was foreordained (foreknown) before the foundation of the world, but has appeared [publicly] in these last times for your sake and through Him you believe [confidently] in God [the heavenly Father], who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are [centered and rest] in God.” -1 Peter 1:18-21 (AMP)
The supremacy of this Lamb is the message throughout the final book of the Bible, Revelation. In the book of Revelation we see this Lamb being worshiped for all Eternity for the sacrifice that He made for all of mankind. The Apostle John tells us of the vision that he saw, “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.” -Revelation 5:6-14 (NIV)
“For it is written [in Scripture], “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.” -Romans 14:11 (AMP)
The Word tells us that one day every man, woman and child will bend their knee to the Lamb; even those who did not believe on Him. “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” -Revelation 13:8 (NIV)
Come; let us worship the Lamb of God! Hosanna to the Lamb who was slain for us from the foundations of the Earth. He was God’s answer to our problem of sin since the very beginning! Hallelujah!
Lamb of God, you are worthy of all my thanks and praise. It is because of you I can have forgiveness, redemption and relationship with you. You are amazing Lord! Saying thank you does not seem to be enough. I am overwhelmed by your goodness and love. I am humbled by your willingness to die for me. I am so blessed; I am filled with wonder and joy. Help me to be ever mindful of your sacrifice; so that I do not become complacent in my relationship with you. You deserve my deepest devotion and I desire to give you my all. Hosanna to the Lamb that was slain for me!