Startled by Christ

My pastor is taking four weeks to savor Isaiah 52-53. I’m so glad.

It seems that each year, Easter sneaks up on me. Not Christmas. I’m fully aware of that celebration from about October 1st thanks to retailers.

No, Easter is muted by the Easter Bunny, and sweets and hunts, and eggs.

The real meaning is profound.

Take Isaiah 52:13-15 written 700+ years before Christ:

“Behold my servant shall act wisely, he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you–his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind–so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.”

I would like you to take a closer look at the word sprinkle. In the Old Testament, blood was sprinkled on the altar to make atonement. In fact, Moses even sprinkled blood on the people and they were glad. (Exodus 24) They knew they needed a covering for their sin.

But that word has a double meaning. It also means startled.

Christ startled many with His teachings. Remember when He visited the temple at the ripe old age of twelve? The teachers were astounded by Him. And all through His life, people were amazed at His wisdom, not to mention the miracles He performed to authenticate His deity.

This last Sunday, our pastor asked if we as a congregation were startled by Christ. Astounded. Awestruck. Amazed.

I knelt at the front of our little church because that is my desire, to dive into the gospel of Jesus Christ–His life, death, resurrection, and kingship.

How about you? Care to join me?

It begins with desire. Ask Him. Wait on Him. Read His loving Words to You. Talk with Him.

And be startled.

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