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Devotional - week of February 13, 2005


THE PRUDENCE OF JESUS

Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.  Isaiah 52:13

In one brief stroke Isaiah 52:13 presents God’s “Servant,” Jesus, as dealing prudently or wisely and as being highly exalted.

What was Jesus’ prudent action that resulted in His exaltation? The two following verses, Isaiah 52:14-15, provide an explanation:

… His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; so shall He sprinkle [startle] many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him …

Jesus’ exaltation is the result of His crucifixion. The same order of events is presented in Isaiah 53:11b-12a.

For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great…

The Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:5-11 says that the exaltation of Jesus was the result of His choosing crucifixion.

John 12:24 reveals that Jesus knew His crucifixion would result in exaltation. He says:

… unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.  John 12:24

The statement of Romans 6:3 that all believers have been baptized into the death of Jesus lays the foundation for all believers to know that when they received Jesus as Lord and Savior, they were crucified.

Just as the crucifixion of Jesus resulted in a great harvest of souls when a believer experiences his crucifixion, the result will be an enlarged ministry to others.

It is an act of wisdom for believers to choose to experience their spiritual crucifixion just as Jesus choice to die on the cross was an act of wisdom.