Has anyone believed us or seen the mighty power of the LORD in action? Like a young plant or a root that sprouts in dry ground, the servant grew up obeying the LORD. He wasn't some handsome king. Nothing about the way he looked made him attractive to us. He was hated and rejected; his life was filled with sorrow and terrible suffering. No one wanted to look at him. We despised him and said, "He is a nobody!" He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God. He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well. All of us were like sheep that had wandered off. We had each gone our own way, but the LORD gave him the punishment we deserved. He was painfully abused, but he did not complain. He was silent like a lamb being led to the butcher, as quiet as a sheep having its wool cut off. He was condemned to death without a fair trial. Who could have imagined what would happen to him? His life was taken away because of the sinful things my people had done.
Isaiah 53: 1 - 8
When the World looked at Jesus hanging on the Cross they did think that God had ordained the event, but they believed that Jesus Himself deserved the punishment! There was no clue for the average observer of the Crucifixion that Jesus was dying for the sins of the World!
Today, when we see a “righteous man” unjustly persecuted we want to relieve his suffering and punish those who are responsible for such a miscarriage of justice! But the Crucifixion of Jesus is the ultimate example of God using the evil intentions of Satan and unrighteous men to accomplish His ultimate purpose on earth and in Heaven.
So as you look around and see evil in the world, you can know for certain that God can and will use every evil perpetrated before Heaven and on earth to accomplish His righteous Will until that Glorious Day when Jesus returns!
“Lord Jesus, help me today to see the wonderful blessings that You are giving men, even through the evil we see all around us. Praise Your Holy Name now and forever. Amen.”