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Despised and Forsaken

May 10, 2019

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Despised and Forsaken

Things haven’t changed  since they were foretold  in God’s word  thousands of years ago.     That’s amazing.     And,  it shows  that there is eternal power  in God’s word.     What is it  that has not changed?     Isaiah foretold it  as he described the Savior  that was to come  about 740 years later — and it’s still true today.     In Isaiah 53:2-3,  it prophesies about Jesus,  saying,

He has no stately form  or majesty   
That we should look  upon Him,   
Nor appearance  that we should be attracted  to Him.    
He was
despised and forsaken  of men,    
A man of sorrows,  and acquainted with grief;   
And like one  from whom men hide their face,   
He was despised,  and we did not esteem Him.

That was true about Jesus  when He walked this earth.     He was considered  to be just the carpenter’s son.     Nobody could figure out where He got His education from,  but somehow or another,  He sure knew the Scriptures.     He was poor — now really,  poor people aren’t blessed by God,  are they?     Really?     But,  if the religious leaders questioned Jesus’ authority,  maybe a person shouldn’t let themselves  get influenced  by His teachings.     After all,  the religious leaders have a lot of education  in the scriptures.     It was felt  that Jesus was dangerous  because too many common folk  were following Him  and His teachings were tearing apart the teachings  of the Jewish leaders.

And,  that was how things were 2,000 years ago.     But,  has anything changed?     Is Jesus still despised and forsaken of men”?      One could look at the recent art work  that mocks Jesus  to see how despised He is.     Or,  one could read tons of literature  that denies  that Jesus is God.     It might claim  that He did not really die  on the cross — that He did not rise   from the dead — that no one is saved  through faith in Jesus — that we need  to save ourselves  through our good works.    

We could even think  about how Christians today are tortured and killed  in many countries  around the world.     Eastern religions  try to infiltrate Christian churches  and change Christian worship  so they can destroy faith  in Jesus  as our one and only Savior.     Middle East countries claim  we are the infidels  that need to be obliterated.     Liberals become church leaders  and claim we must become politically correct  by accepting homosexuality,  evolution,  and a long string  of false doctrines.     In all these ways,  Jesus is  despised and forsaken to this very day  by all sorts of people.

But,  what about us?

Is Jesus  despised and forsaken in our lives?     Do we claim  we don’t have time  to read His word to us,  as we spend hours  in front of the boob tube?     Do we feel we don’t have any sins  to confess  and no needs to lay before the Lord  in prayer?     Do we take time  to give thanks  to the Lord  for His many blessings  each and every day?     Do we praise God?

We can’t do much  about all the other people  in this world.     But,  we can open our eyes,  ears,  hearts  and minds  to the reality  of our personal daily lives.     We can confess our sins  and let our Savior forgive us.     Then,  we can honor the one and only LORD God Almighty  with humble praise  and thanksgiving  for the truths  of His being and love  in our lives.

Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Our Savior,  blessed be Your eternal love  and salvation.   Thank you  for Your mercy and compassion.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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