The Lord Be With You Today!
Just as there were many who were appalled at Him—
His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and His form marred beyond human likeness—
(The prophet Isaiah foretells the absolute amazed astonishment
of those in Jesus' day who would look on Jesus' appearance
and see a Man who is so beyond human recognition
that He doesn't even look human, doesn't even look like a man.
They will be amazed that One
Who claimed to be the Messiah would be brought so low.
As we observe the workings of God in the life of Christ,
even in our own lives, much of it is completely incomprehensible to us,
beyond anything we could ever fully understand.
Just as in Christ's life, at times we experience hardships
that disfigure and mar us, making us look less like a follower of God
than one who is being severely punished.
But just as Christ 's debasement and "disfigurement" were part of God's plan
to bring salvation to His people through His Messiah,
perhaps, just perhaps, our own "debasement" and difficult seasons
are a part of God's plan for us and for those around us
as He Himself leads us into the "impossible" places we face today.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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