This is my second straight week doing this and I will definitely continue writing one concrete fact every Saturday. This week's fact comes straight from the Word of God. I find it mind-boggling and horrific; when taken literally.
Did you know....... that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was marred beyond human semblance and his form beyond that of the children of mankind? (Isaiah 52:14)
In Webster's 1828 Dictionary, the word "mar" literally means- to injure, to deform, or to disfigure. My ESV Study Bible's study notes puts it best, "Jesus was beaten into a shockingly inhuman mass of wounded flesh" (Ortlund Jr., 1337). Why? For my sinful, vile, irritable, murderous, lustful, repugnant, destructive soul. He took the full blame and guilt of our vile souls that we might see His grace in full beauty. He was beaten unmercifully with a leather bounded whip interwoven with bone and metal that I might see His wondrous mercy. He was pushed down and nailed to a terrible wooden cross that I might live with Him forever. He was spat upon and pushed around that we might see the awesome love of the Father. He was obedient to the Father and remained silent; so that we might bow before His very feet and worship HIM ALL OUR DAYS. Our Wonderful, Merciful, Saving, Righteous, Loving JESUS!!!! HE ALONE IS WORTHY!!!!!!