He was despised and rejected–a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. –Isaiah 53:3, NLT
Though written nearly 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah gives a profound prophecy regarding the declaration of Jesus’ atoning death for sinners. More than any other scripture, it proclaims the deep sorrow Christ endured during His painful resurrection and deplorable shunning from man.The details Isaiah gives concerning the pain and suffering of Jesus could have only come from God. Though there are many other names for God in the Scriptures, Isaiah is the only one to call Jesus a man of sorrows. Everywhere Jesus went, He was scorned and ridiculed. No matter how many miracles Jesus performed, or how many people He healed, or how many good things He did to help others, the crowd always criticized Him, demanding more miracles and questioning His Word and deity. Even Jesus’ own disciples didn’t believe Mary when she said He had risen from the dead, just as He promised. In spite of all of this, Jesus said the day would come when He will return for those who did not reject Him. He will take us to live with Him in Heaven where there will no longer be any type of sorrow, grief, rejection, or pain. We must be ready!
Heavenly Father: Forgive me for my part in causing you the pain and suffering you bore. You did this because of your vast amount of love for me, and I praise and thank you. Help me to live as though you are coming back today to take me to my heavenly home. I want to be ready! In Jesus’ name, Amen
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SUPER GOOD CHICKEN CASSEROLE 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts 6 strips of quality bacon – cooked and crumbled 2 cans cream of chicken soup 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese 1 box (16 ounces) dried spiral pasta 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder Pinch of salt and pepper Cook and crumble bacon; remove for later use. Cut chicken into bite-sized chunks and cook in pan with bacon drippings. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper. While chicken cooking, prepare pasta according to directions. Spray or grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Drain pasta; return to pot. Add chicken, both cans cream of chicken soup, and 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese; mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with crumbled bacon. Top with remaining Monterrey Jack cheese. Back at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, just until cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top.