“By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people” (Isaiah 53:8).
“Who could have imagined his future?” asks Isaiah of the mysterious servant-figure. Who could imagine that perversion of justice, being cut off, being stricken could bring about such wonderful things as Isaiah dimly foresaw and trusted to come to pass? Who could imagine that this prophecy, which would have had a meaning to Isaiah’s hearers for their time and place, could have such a future?
As Lent draws towards its appointed end in the celebration of Easter, so we look forward to remembering those great and glorious events of Jesus’ death, silence in the dead of the tomb, and life-bringing resurrection. We remember too that this is the culmination of a centuries—millennia!—long story of anticipation. To God be the glory for “imagining” such a salvation freely offered to any and all who would receive it.
May you know afresh the wonder of the Easter story this month, and rejoice to be included in its wonderful future.
Yours in our Lord Jesus Christ,
The Müllers Prayer Team