Focus Verse: I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. (6)
This verse pertains to Jesus the Christ. While He was being beaten, slapped and spit on by the soldiers during His mock trial, He did not run away or try to hide from being hurt. Jesus willingly bent His head so it could be crowned with thorns. He willingly offered his cheeks to be slapped and His body to be beaten and bruised. Jesus wasn’t forced to the cross by Judas or the chief priests or the Pharisees. He went to Golgotha of His own volition. God sustained Him and gave Him the strength to die for a moment so we could live forever.
Focus Verse: Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. (6)
Because we have accepted the everlasting salvation of the Lord we too will last forever. Our current earthly bodies will be transformed into glorious, heavenly bodies that will never again be devoured by death or ravaged by sin and disease.
Focus Verse: Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness— (14)
Here is another verse that pertains to Jesus the Christ. Heaven’s servant was so disfigured and marred by the events surrounding His death that many were appalled at His appearance. When He took on the sins of the entire world, Christ also took on all the shame and all the ugliness that comes with sin. The One Who was lifted up was brought low and the One Who was highly exalted was despised. Through His selfless actions of love and the sprinkling of His blood, people from many nations have been saved.
Focus Verse: But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'” (20)
In all things God is sovereign. Even though we do not really have the right to question the One Who made us, I have often found myself asking God ‘why this’ and ‘why that’. My finite mind often has a hard time making sense of His sovereignty. And that’s okay. God can handle all of our why questions. However, we should never think that we are on equal level with God. He is the potter, we are the clay and He has a special purpose for shaping us the way He did.