When God became obvious

March 21, 2018

“One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried – our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.” Isaiah 53:4 The Message

God chose cold benches .. windy alleyways .. and steam grates. That’s not too far off when you notice he ate in grain fields .. asked a scandal-loaded woman for a drink of water .. and spent a lot of meals with you-wouldn’t-catch-me-hanging-out-with-those-kinds-of-people. Jesus always has room for that person just on the outside. He stops .. asks a question .. listens to desperate pleas .. and lived a daily life of interruptions. He was blamed for causing his own problems. He could have unveiled a more comprehensive plan .. at least one you could understand. Isaiah lays out the most comprehensive  .. inclusive plan ever revealed. The God-of-Angel-Armies Son would become irreversible sin. He became every disease .. every disqualifying action or thoughts from your heart .. and every possible form of lust .. addiction .. abuse .. and human contamination stretching for all recorded time: past .. present .. and future. If you’re looking to blame someone .. blame Him. He can handle the worst of your life. Actually .. Jesus would love nothing more than for you to interrupt His life with all the things wrong with “you”. Where do you begin? Just start .. He’s got all the time you need. It only takes a moment…

“Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly — the best of everything, the highest honors — Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch, because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep.”  Isaiah 53:12 The Message

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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