Some call Isaiah 53 the Fifth Gospel. It tells so much about the experience of Jesus as He came to earth to trade us His righteousness for our sin so that God could openly accept us into His fellowship forever.
We are identified as believers by others when we love others as God loves us. The only way to love as God loves is to have His Spirit in us so that His love can flow through us. He loves the good, the bad, the indifferent. We can too, if we let Him love them through us.
Part two of Dominic's series.
Many of the worlds greatest believers have had to deal with doubts. A doubt can be ether a stepping stone to enlightenment, Abraham, Moses, Jeremiah, and Isaiah among them. They doubted and saw the truth of God through that experience. On the other hand, doubt can lead to disaster, when we abandon our pusurit of truth because of doubt. Jesus asid, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes." A possitive doubt stimulates curiosity which leads to understanding and acceptance.
When we see God as He is, we will see ourselves as we are when compared to Him. When Isaiah saw God's holiness, Isaiah saw himself as completely unraveled--undone! Regardless of how much we think about our own worth and importance--in market share; top of our profession; importance to our community--when compared to God and His greatness, we are little more than broken pieces of our real selves. The point being, we can reach our greatest potential only when the greatness of God is expressed through us. When we are totally submitted to God, He elevates us to our truth worth.