He Loved the World

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7
Alexander Maclaren said that "the main point for us to lay to heart is not merely the fact of that silent submission, but the motive which led to it. He opened not his mouth, because he willingly embraced the cross, and he willingly embraced the cross because he loved the Father and would do his will—because he loved the world and would be its Savior."

We should follow the perfect example of Christ. Of course we should. His faith was perfect, as was his obedience. But few among us are a granted such perfection in this life. We can seldom see what lies directly ahead of us on the path, let alone what lies around a far corner. But Christ saw what we cannot, Christ did what we cannot, not for himself, but for us.

Our trust in the goodness of God—a goodness that will stand against all evil intentions—will grow the more put it into practice. But until that moment when it is consummated in God's Kindom, we can lean on the faith of Christ.

When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the One who judges justly.
 1 Peter 2:23
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Jesus, keep me near the cross; there a precious fountain, 
free to all, a healing stream, flows from Calvary's mountain. 
Near the cross I'll watch and wait, hoping, trusting ever, 
till I reach the golden strand just beyond the river.
 Fanny J. Crosby
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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