March 14 | Isaiah 53:1-2; John 1:5
“Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? And He grew up like a shoot before Him, and like a root out of dry ground; He had no form to Him, and no majesty that we should look on Him, and no beauty that we should delight in Him.” (Isaiah 53:1–2)
“and the light in the darkness is shining, but the darkness does not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
We arrived at the Newark airport in New Jersey on one of my spring missions trips. I was following our leader, or so I thought. When I called his name, he turned around, and to my surprise, he wasn’t our leader. I was following a person with the same height and coat.
Israel was not looking for the Messiah they received. They wanted a military leader who could free them from the Romans. But Jesus’ war was on sin, not an empire.
They missed Jesus because he wasn’t what they expected. He wasn’t the beautiful, royal warrior. He was the carpenter’s son born in the manger in Bethlehem. Out of the dry ground of the religious Israel lacking divine relationship, Jesus rose to bring them living water.
John says the darkness couldn’t overcome or understand the light. Jesus, the Light of the World, came into its darkness. It couldn’t conquer him or understand who he really was. But you have seen Jesus, the Savior of your soul.
Action Step: Think of who Jesus is. What do his different titles mean? When you say, “Lord,” “King,” “Friend,” “Savior,” and his other titles, what comes to your mind? Ponder who and what Jesus is to you today.
Jesus, you are my Lord, my Savior, and my Friend. You are my Leader and God. You are so many things to me, and all of them make me feel safe, loved, and part of your family. Thank you for being my all in all.