So today I was sitting on the floor as usual, playing guitar and singing weird songs to Jesus, as usual. Not reading Isaiah, as usual. You see, I’ve been trying to motivate myself to read though Isaiah because I know snippets of beautiful descriptions of Jesus and mind blowing prophecies from the book, but I’ve never read through the whole thing.
Well, I was done playing and singing so I went to open my bible to read from wherever I had opened it to read from, when an uncharacteristically forceful wind of my air conditioner flipped the page to Isaiah. Hahaha, very funny Jesus.
I started reading some notes I had written on the page and this is what I started talking to the Lord about:
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool…”
Come and let us reason together? What kind of bargain is this, that God Almighty, Creator of Everything, all-powerful and perfect and holy, would offer us so much?
“Though your sins are numerous and blatant and you are unable to hide them or clean them yourself, though your sin is disgusting to me and it hinders you from reaching me, though it is unavoidable in my sight…”
He says “let us reason together.”
He has this deal in the back of His mind. He says “come and let us make sense of this… I have the power and authority to make you white. I can make you clean. I can make you pure and spotless.”
He has had this plan from the beginning of time – to send Jesus to reveal Himself. We know that as a piece of the Trinity bore the eternal weight of sin, the Trinity was separated and the Son was crushed, and the wrath within God’s heart towards the sins of the world from the beginning to the end of time was satisfied.
What struck me was that God says to His people in Isaiah 1, “let us reason together.” God is saying, “let us reason together. You have sins that keep you from my glory and I have a plan to bring you to me.”
This is the heart of God – He thought of it as no sacrifice to send Jesus. It pleased the Father to bruise the Son. As for Jesus’ opinion? It was the joy set before Him. The JOY of His life was to be utterly destroyed so that I could be made clean by His blood, so that the Father could have justice on the sin that blasphemed Him without destroying me.
“Come let us reason together” is such a loaded statement…it’s the Father saying to His children that He wants them near, but He doesn’t tell them that He has something up His sleeve. He offers them peace and purity and Presence. But He doesn’t tell them that He is giving His own Son to be destroyed for their sake.
What a humble God and Father. And what a humble Son! They are ridiculous. The love they have for us is so much that they offer us the greatest proposal of all time and don’t even think twice about the sacrifice they must make in order to have us with them.
That’s all for now.