THOUGHT for the DAY.
CHRISTIANS believe Isaiah 53 to be a prophesy of the coming of Jesus Christ. It says: "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering . . . He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows . . . He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities . . . by his wounds we are healed . . . He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter . . . he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth . . . He bore the sin of many." The word "despised" is repeated, followed by "and we esteemed him not".
How many of us could bear to be despised and rejected when we'd done nothing wrong. We all want to be esteemed. We all want to be popular and have people admire us. However, sometimes we have to be prepared to be unpopular in order to make a stand for what is right. We have to decide whether we want to do what God wants or what certain people want. If we ever have to make this choice, we can think about Isaiah 53.
Terri Whitaker, email@example.com