Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised and we did not care.
Jesus, we can’t imagine your journey to the cross and the sorrow of your rejection. Yet you made this sacrifice for us, all of us who are undeserving of your compassion and relentless love. You were despised, and so you share in the sting of rejection that we feel when the people around us don’t understand. You love the nations, the people we have been called to live among, more than we ever could. Give us a taste of that love, overflowing from inside of us and spilling over on our neighbors, our friends, our enemies, the people who frustrate us, the ones who don’t want peace, those who are hungry for You. Help us to pursue shalom in our own households and in our cities and in our countries, spurred on by your sacrifice for us.
Isaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! The watchmen shout and sing with joy, for before their very eyes they see the Lord returning to Jerusalem. Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song, for the Lord has comforted his people. He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has demonstrated his holy power before the eyes of all the nations. All the ends of the earth will see the victory of our God.
Songs of Hope for Easter: