New International Version (NIV)
53 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
Tender: showing gentleness and concern or sympathy
How strong indeed is anyone who can show compassion and concern in a world filled with violence and hatred. To place the welfare of others above your own personal safety and prosperity shows a true greatness. This is what has always led me to believe in the divinity and truth of Jesus. Don’t look at all of us Christians, or the church, or any movement that’s going on as of today, we’re not bad; it’s just that we’re not perfect, we mess up. Look at Jesus instead. Look at His life, what He said, what He did. Then make a decision about whether there’s any truth in the gospel. That’s what changed my mind long ago, and it hasn’t changed since. There’s no one else, no person, no religion, no philosophy that matches the pure compassion of His words and deeds, and the power He exhibited.
For me, Jesus is the real deal. If you haven’t already, give Him a complete and fair examination. It might change Your life.
Thank You for sending Jesus. Thank You for caring. Move today in the hearts of those who have not hear the gospel and in the lives of those who have. Protect us and strengthen us for the road ahead, the road home.
In the very special name of Jesus I ask these things. Amen.