Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider
Isaiah chapter 52 illustrates a well-beloved prophecy concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and His crucifixion. Verse 14 testifies to the seriousness of His crucifixion as it points out that Christ’s “visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.” These truths point to His physical sufferings, but in no way detract from the spiritual sufferings Christ suffered on the cross. The fact that He took our sins upon Himself remains beyond our comprehension. This same truth applies to the physical sufferings that were more than any man could withstand. With the crucifixion as its context, Isaiah chapter 52 declares that Christ would deal with prudence. The book of Hebrews reinforces this truth as it points out that He “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2). The Lord’s every action was performed with prudence. We, as the Lord’s servants, ought to follow the example He set for us.
- (For children): Jesus sacrificing Himself for our sins was no easy feat. He gave His life because He wanted to obey the Father’s will and He knew that no one could otherwise go to heaven. He thought ahead to the time we would be born, and knew each of us would need a Saviour.
- (For everyone): How did the Lord exemplify prudence in His earthly ministry? How did He exemplify it in His crucifixion? How does He exemplify it in His daily dealings with His people?
- How should we, as servants of the Lord, strive to show prudence in our daily walk with the Lord? How can we learn to be better servants from the Son of God?
- Ask the Lord to show you the prudence of Christ.
- Ask God to give you a desire to be a better servant for Him.
Song: Our Best