Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015:  Portrait of a Savior

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 223

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK  … Please take the time to take in a video of Fernando Ortega singing the his song Just Give Me Jesus with the singer’s proclamation that all he needs in this life - and all that we should need as well - is a deep and abiding relationship with our Savior, Jesus.

Highlight Passage:   Isaiah 53: 6 [NKJV]  …
6 All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 
… The Prophet depicts a Savior.
Highlight Context – Isaiah 53: 4-12 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  Isaiah, 700+ years before Jesus came, paints a word picture of our Messiah.

Reference Passages #1 - 2 - Isaiah 42: 1-9, 49: 1-13 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Isaiah painting the portrait of God’s Servant and our Messiah.

Reference Passage #3 - Luke 4: 16-22 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
…  Jesus declares, by quoting Isaiah, the Prophet (from Is. 61: 1-2), that He has come to fulfill all of the Prophets portraits of Him; … but many - most - could not see Him from His portrait.  

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland, writes of many artists and authors trying to depict a portrait of The Savior, Jesus. He quotes from another author, Robert Henkes, as to what a portrait entails, writing, "A portrait is not a photograph, nor is it a mirror image.” A portrait goes beyond the outer appearance to probe the emotional depth of the human soul. In a portrait, a true artist tries “to capture what the person is really about."

 Taking this definition to heart, I guess that’s why I like “portraits” of Jesus which depict our Lord laughing or expressing joy in what He’s doing, … much like the one in the attached drawing. However, well over 700 years before Jesus became a babe in a manger, grew into a man, walked the earth, ministered to mankind, died on a cross, was resurrected, and was reunited with His Father in Heaven, the Prophet Isaiah, in the ODB highlight passage (see Isaiah 53: 4-12) pretty clearly painted a word portrait of the coming Messiah; and the Prophet fleshed out the portrait of the suffering Servant of God in other prophetic passages (such as the two linked above from Isaiah, chapters 42 & 49).

 And when Jesus was the incarnate God-Man, walking the earth, He even went into the Synagog in His hometown and told the people about His mission on earth by quoting from one of the portraits Isaiah had written of over 7 centuries before He spoke God’s portrait in Isaiah 61. And we read of this confrontation with reality with Jesus quoting from His own portrait in Isaiah Luke 4: 16-21.

 So, how do we see Jesus? How is our Savior portrayed in our lives? Personally, … what I see in Him is what I need in Him: … a Savior … my Lord … my God! And so, I love what Fernando Ortega has written and sung in the attached song above, which very poignantly portrays how I see my Jesus.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, … I see You every morning when I come here to seek Your face.    … Amen

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