Week 6: Day 4
Read: Isaiah 52:13- 53:12
Make note of what the sufferings of the servant achieve for the many.
The job of a priest was to intercede on behalf of the people, and make sacrifices to atone for their sin. In what sense does the servant fulfil the roles of both priest and sacrifice?
Read Acts 8:30-35. Philip uses this passage from Isaiah to explain the good news about Jesus. How is God’s mercy and justice revealed in the death of Jesus? How is Jesus the key to God’s plans for his people and his world?
If God’s suffering servant was necessary for our deliverance, how should we respond when tempted to think we are good enough for God?
Read 1 Peter 2: 18-25. Jesus as the suffering servant is not just the mechanism by which we are justified before God, but also the pattern we are called to live out in our own lives. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness”. Reflect on your own life and where you might be struggling to live out this pattern.
Rejoice that our righteousness is found in Jesus alone. Ask God to help you not to rely on your own righteousness, but his grace.
Ask God to help you die to sin and live for righteousness in areas of your life where you are feeling particularly challenged.