Holy Week Thursday, March 24

holy week thurs1Who has believed our message? To whom has the lord revealed his powerful arm?
2My servant grew up in the lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.  There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.
3He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.   We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.  He was despised, and we did not care.
4Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.  And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!
5But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole.  He was whipped so we could be healed.
6All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.  We have left God’s paths to follow our own.  Yet the lord laid on him the sins of us all.

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