Saturday, March 17
Prophecy given: 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.
This passage from Isaiah prophesies that Messiah will dwell with humanity, coming as a babe, God in human form. Jesus would grow and be cared for by the Father, throughout His time on earth. Isaiah prophesied that there would be no reason for us to have affinity for Him based on His earthly appearance, relationships, profession, or education. He would come to us as a humble servant of the Father. The Messiah could only be seen and recognized as God’s Anointed One, with eyes of faith.
Most of us desire to have the right attributes–looks, charm, friends and career. I know I don’t measure up by the world’s standards. And I certainly don’t measure up to my Savior’s standards; I sin daily. Yet God (in His unfailing love) made a way for each of us to come to Him even though, at the time, we were still His enemies (Romans 5:10). The Messiah was to come–completely normal in His humanity–so that we could come to the Father… by faith.
Take note of what God is doing in your life. Really. Write it down! Share it with someone; wait until after service this weekend, if you have to. Second, pray for “your person” again; the one that God wants you to share Himself with. Ask God to soften his or her heart, to prepare them with an openness to receive Him.