S (Scripture): Isaiah 53:8 He was led away after an unjust trial – but who even cared? Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded.
9 They intended to bury him with criminals, but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb, because he had committed no violent deeds, nor had he spoken deceitfully.
Colossians 1:19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son 20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross – through him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
O (Observation): God’s people have strayed. And the only way God saw fit to help the people fix the broken Covenant was to become one of the people and to make reparations for the wrongs done by humanity. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is seen as the Suffering Servant spoken of in Isaiah. The result of Jesus’ life (and death and resurrection) are – for me – the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, and Paul seems to agree.
A (Application): When people suffer, what is your response? Recently, the shooting that killed the recruiting officers in Chattanooga brought many people in our nation together, to support the families and friends of our fallen soldiers. Innocent victims, they were – brutally gunned down.
And what was the response? Solidarity. One positive response was overpasses filled with people waving flags, as the bodies of the fallen soldiers passed by on the interstate below. This was one way people showed that they were in solidarity with the family and friends of the deceased.
When people suffer, we are called to come to one another’s aid – for support and mutual uplifting. Jesus Christ, knowing our shortcomings, came as one of us. We faced the ultimate separation from God: death. So, Jesus came to conquer death as a human. In doing so, he stood by us – fallen humanity.
Now, having been saved, we are set free to stand in solidarity with others.
How are you standing in solidarity with the homeless? The sick? The dying? Those in the minority?
Jesus came first to be in solidarity with us. Now, we can stand in solidarity with the weak and downtrodden.
P (Prayer): Lord, give us strength and courage to stand with those who cannot stand on their own. Amen.