A Lamb to the slaughter.
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, He was led away. No one cared that He died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But He was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; He was put in a rich man’s grave.
Jesus’ life was marked by humility. He knew ahead of time He would experience rejection, humiliation, torture, and an unjust death. He was tempted his whole life to find another way. Family members, close friends, followers. Throughout His life, well-meaning people kept discouraging and distracting Him from His mission. When the time came for Jesus to die, He did so willingly and silently. He never said a word to defend Himself. No one took His life, He laid it down because He looked down the corridors of time and saw your face.
Is your life marked by this same kind of humility or do you try to defend, fight back, or take the easy way out? Jesus sacrificed for you. What sacrifices are you willing to make for your faith?