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vindicatedI gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;
I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.
For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced;
Therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.
He who vindicates Me is near; Isaiah 50:6-8

In this prophecy, Isaiah sees someone suffering, but not forsaken. Is it himself? Is it the coming Messiah? Philip the evangelist led the Ethiopian eunuch to faith in Christ from the 53rd chapter of Isaiah, clearly saying it was a reference to the suffering Messiah, not Isaiah or Israel as a nation. I tend to think the same of this description. Jesus did willing ‘give his back to those who would strike him’, namely the Roman soldiers. I love how the promise of God remains in this foreboding passage: ‘And I know that I will not be ashamed. He who vindicates Me is near’.

Have I known any suffering for Christ’s sake? Was God right there in the midst of it with me?

God, You are so gracious. I have found You wonderfully present and faithful in times of difficulty. Why You have spared me great suffering, I do not know. I am grateful. Help me be an agent of Your comfort to those who suffer. Thank You that Jesus is not disgraced by His suffering, but He is the King of the Universe at the right hand of the Father with a name above all names.

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