In the practice of mothering, we become fairly adept at knowing when to step in and help our kids with their struggles. As “The Finder of Lost Things,” the sounding board for pondering important decisions, or even as a baby-sitter of grandchildren for tired parents who need a break, we love our children by coming under their burdens with them at all ages and stages of life.
God’s Father heart is on display in Isaiah 53:4, for 700 years before our Burden-Bearer came to Earth, God commissioned the prophet to begin singing the Servant Song of hope:
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4)
Speaking in the prophetic-perfect tense as if it had already been accomplished, Isaiah predicted that God had a plan for the consequences of our sin to be transferred to a Burden Bearer of his choosing. Sure, it would appear to those nearby that he was the guilty one as he hung on the cross, but an understanding of the narrative arc of Scripture reveals God’s intent from the very beginning to defeat the effects of sin–even death!
Matthew the disciple and Gospel-writer cited Isaiah’s words in connection to Jesus’s healing ministry: “This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.’” Healing of sick bodies, forgiveness of sin, and deliverance from guilt build to a crescendo in which one day even the power of death will be broken.
It’s my intention during these weeks leading up to Easter to spend some time every day in confession, repentance, and gratitude for our Burden Bearing Savior.
Will you join me?
Grateful for the Mercy of a Burden Bearer,
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