God's love, the cross


Who has believed our message,
and to whom has the word of the Lord
been revealed?
He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty
to attract us to Him,
nothing in His appearance that
we should desire Him.
He was despised and rejected by men
a man of sorrows,
and familiar with suffering
Like one from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.

Surely He took up out infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered Him stricken by God,
smitten by Him, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace
was upon Him,
and by His wounds, we are healed.
Isaiah 53:1-5

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