Isaiah 54 – Shame Despised and Deposed
I am continuing my meditation through Isaiah 54. You can catch last week’s here.
Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced.
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.
for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Shame on you.
Has anyone ever said that to you?
What a straightforward thing to say.
It’s as if we believe we can summon the god of moral conviction, and, with this incantation, force a person into shame.
“Shame on you.”
What is glorious is this:
Jesus died to say,
“Shame off you.”
And His voice is the Word of Creation.
His breath is the Spirit that convicts of sin.
His commandment concerning shame holds true.
It thunders authoritatively throughout eternity.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who FOR THE JOY that was set before him endured the cross, DESPISING THE SHAME, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus despised the shame.
He did not endure the cross out of duty – to avoid the shame of failure.
He endured the cross FOR THE JOY set before Him –
DESPISING THE SHAME all the way.
And here in Isaiah 54, standing after Isaiah 52 and 53, we hear Jesus saying, “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed.”
Jesus has deposed shame.
He took it on Himself, despised it and dismissed it.
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Rom. 8:1
If you will walk with Christ, you will never again be ashamed.
Will you be persecuted and belittled -mocked and ridiculed and even beaten?
But, in these things you will only identify with the King of Glory.
You will stand as a witness to the sufferings of Christ… who despised and deposed the shame.
Because of Him, your seeming shame will declare His love and life in you.
Your persecution will only be a reflection of your exaltation in Christ.
He has transformed our temporal shame into eternal glory.
We will indeed forget the shame of our youth…
not because we have found a new way to have better self-esteem…
but because our only desire is to associate with the Lord Jesus Christ,
and He has made it so that even in ridicule we find glory.
Even in worldly shame we discover worth.
This is why the apostles celebrated their persecutions.
This is why the Church is thriving in persecution around the world today.
Jesus has despised and deposed our shame.
Now there is nothing to come between us and His lavish love:
“For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of Hosts is His name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth He is called.
For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,” says your God.
“For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
says the LORD, your Redeemer.
Never again follow Christ for shame’s sake.
Never serve for fear of failure.
Never again receive the words, “Shame on you.”
Walk today lavishing in the grace of Christ…
despising the shame…
for the Joy set before you…
Live as if you were free in Christ.
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