Today’s Reading: Isaiah 50:4–9
“I gave My back to those who strike… I hid not My face from disgrace and spitting.” – Isaiah 50:6
The speaker in these verses is the Lord Jesus Himself – the Suffering Servant. While we tend to think of Him as the Teacher of disciples, in these verses Jesus reveals Himself to be the true disciple, the true student of God’s Word. After all, Jesus was the One who told the devil, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus, true God and true man, did not speak for Himself but spoke just as the Father taught Him (John 8:28). He trusted His Father and kept His Word and did His will.
He is the truest disciple – the obedient suffering servant. And so even though He was perfect, He was punished for us rebellious ones. Even though He was faithful, He was beaten for our sins. He never turned His back on God or shut His ears to God’s Word, as we so often do. Instead His back was crisscrossed with bloody lashes from a whip. His face was spit upon. He was ridiculed and mocked by those who mock God’s Word.
He suffered all that for us. Out of His great love He kept the Father’s Word and did the Father’s will, so that He could pay the price for our sins. Risen from the dead, He gives us ears to hear as those who are taught and He sustains us with His Word: “I forgive you all your sins.”
Prayer: I build on this foundation, that Jesus and His blood alone are my salvation, my true, eternal good. Without Him all that pleases is valueless on earth; the gifts I have from Jesus alone have priceless worth (If God Himself Be for Me, LSB 724:2).
This devotion was written by Rev. Anthony Dodgers – Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran in Charlotte.