Isaiah says that Godís servant will suffer

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Elaine Young

 

Isaiah says that Godís servant will suffer

 

Isaiah was a man who lived about 700 years before Jesus.

Isaiah wrote a book.

God helped Isaiah to write his book.

The book was about what God would do in the future.

In his book Isaiah wrote:

 

People hated Godís servant.

They refused to believe Godís servant.

They refused to accept Godís servant.

Godís servant knew what sadness felt like.

Godís servant knew the pain of suffering.

People looked the other way.

They hated him and we didnít care.

 

We thought God was punishing him.

But his punishment brought us peace.

His pain healed us.

We have all done wrong things.

We have all gone our own way.

We did wrong but he was punished.

God punished him instead of us.

 

The servant did not complain about his sufferings.

A lamb does not complain about its sufferings.

A sheep does not complain about its sufferings.

So Godís servant did not complain about his sufferings.

 

 

 

 

Later in the Bible a man called Peter wrote:

 

Jesus suffered for your benefit.

He was an example for you.

He wants you to follow his example.

He did nothing wrong.

He never told a lie.

He never cheated anyone.

 

People insulted Jesus.

He did not answer them back.

People made Jesus suffer.

He did not hurt them back.

Instead he trusted God.

God always makes fair decisions.

 

Jesus died on a cross made from a tree.

We have all done wrong things.

Jesus had done nothing wrong.

He accepted responsibility for our wrong actions.

We will not be punished now for our wrong actions.

Instead God sees us as clean people.

We are not his enemies.

Jesusí pain has healed us.

 

Isaiah had said that Godís servant would suffer.

Isaiah had said that Godís servant would not complain.

Isaiah had said that Godís servant would be punished instead of us.

All that Isaiah had promised came true in Jesus.

 

 

Isaiah 53:3-7

1 Peter 2:21-24

 

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December 2006

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