TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012
By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
God spoke to Isaiah about a certain servant who delights His heart: “Behold my
servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth” (Isaiah 42:1).
Who is this One whom God sustains and upholds, guarding His every step? Who is
His chosen, His elect, the One in whom He so delights?
We find the answer in Matthew’s gospel: “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went
up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and
he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a
voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”
Throughout the Old Testament, untold numbers of sheep and cattle were offered
to the Lord as sacrifices. Rivers of animals’ blood flowed for centuries. Yet
the Bible says none of these sacrifices brought the Lord any pleasure: “For it
is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. . .
. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure” (Hebrews
In the very next verse we read these wonderful words from Jesus: “Then said I,
Lo, I come . . . to do thy will, O God” (verse 7). Christ came to earth to do
what no animal sacrifice could do.
“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou
wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me” (verse 5). God had prepared a
physical body for Jesus here on earth, a body that would provide the final,
In short, God abased Himself for our sake. Encasing Himself in a human womb, He
took on our nature. And He gave up the riches of heaven to become poor, giving
His life to ransom us.
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