Re: Verse reading–Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53 (day three)
“He was numbered with the transgressors.” First, consider humanity’s rogues gallery—those unsavory individuals who represent all that’s wrong with the human race: History’s most notorious megalomaniacs make the list, plus domestic terrorists, plus all murderers, predators, thieves, thugs, and general riff-raff. But surely the world owes its difficulties to more than state-recognized criminals. Have you been on the receiving end of a lie? Have you cheated on your spouse? Have you used a friendship to further your own social position? We’re all rogues now. And if you look closely at that list, you’ll see a shocking face: that of Jesus Christ, counted among the sinners. Now consider: The King of kings willingly became the rogue of rogues, taking the blame for the sin of mankind. And now all of us must answer for this innocent man’s execution. What will you say?