The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage [of the treasurer of Ethiopia]."
Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
The man replied, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?" And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:
He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.
And as a lamb is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
He was humiliated and received no justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.
— Acts 8:29-33 NLT
One of the most haunting passages in the Bible for me is this one from John's beautiful prologue to his gospel:
[The Word, Jesus,] came into the very world he created, but the world didn't recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him (John 1:10–11).
Jesus gave up his heavenly place as God, knowing his creations would cruelly reject him. As the "Suffering Servant,"* he knew what lay ahead of him as the Messiah. Isaiah had spelled out that the LORD's Servant, the Messiah, would not conquer militarily, but would serve sacrificially to bring salvation to God's people and reach the nations. In other words, Jesus knew his roadmap as the Messiah was to suffer and die to free people from their bondage to sin, death, and hell. Jesus came to earth willingly, to be our sacrifice and heal our brokenness. Such love takes my breath away.
O almighty and precious God, words fail to express my wonder and astonished appreciation for your grace. Thank you for loving me more than I can imagine. Because of Jesus, I know your love and grace. Please accept my life as my offering of thanks. Amen.