Day 20 – Scripture and Prayer for Lent

 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:4-6

My Lord, The ugliness of this season is all to clear. Isaiah speaks primarily not of Your seen suffering of the wrath of man but of Your unseen suffering of the wrath of God. Being smitten by God, being pierced for our transgression and being crushed for our iniquities speaks of a nearly unbearable pain. As we read that Your punishment brought us peace and Your wounds brought us healng we are reminded of why You needed to do it. The mess that is us. Like stinky directionless smelly sheep we have gone astray. Everything that was wrong with us was loaded on to You. We are now standing in grace and forgiveness. Wow. What a Savior You are.

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