“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm 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 mankind, a Man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces, He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem.
Surely, He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,
and by His wounds we are healed…the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth;
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so He did not open his mouth…For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of My people He was punished…It was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life an offering for sin…My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:1-11 (NIV)
The very love that drew You to us, would end in Your death for us. We are staggered and stunned, by the weakness You embraced, to save us, Your enemies! Is it possible to understand Holy Love, “Who knew no sin,” and yet chose to “become sin for our sake?” We want to understand. We need to know the “depths of the Love of God, in Christ.” Our neediness drew You to love us more than Your life. You alone, understood the cost. You not only died a physical death, but You were also separated from Your Father—a cost we will never have to know because of You. Can an Omnipotent God be weak with Love? We marvel because we are Your Kryptonite—the ones who would cost You everything. Your Incarnation set our Salvation in motion. Be pleased to be our Kryptonite! Be the One Whom we love, make us ever love-sick, weak, and dead to the old self, so we might live in the “Weakness that is our Strength!”
In Jesus Name Forever