“…by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:11, KJV
My reading this morning was found in Isaiah 53. With my past knowledge of this chapter, this talks about the prophecy of the suffering of Jesus. As I read the whole chapter, I realized how heavy and difficult Christ had experience. We knew that Christ died for humanity, but with the thought that He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief made me to ponder me how he struggled emotionally. This made me to realize that our Saviour had suffered these negative emotions of being despised, rejected and even stricken with much sorrow. I know in my time, if this would happen to a person, that man may have severe mental health problem like depression and anxiety. But seeing Christ in His lifetime on earth, how peaceful and lovely and hopeful was His countenance had made me to ponder how he overcame all those depressing thoughts?
“….who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
“ For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;..” 2 Corinthians 4:17
This had lead me that Christ looked forward and upward and not be distracted at his present trials. Like Peter when he walked on the sea, by just looking at the waves and not focusing on Jesus, he was easily fell and drowned. But how can we look forward and upward? Just like Jesus, “by his knowledge shall my righteous servant[Jesus] justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:11. It all depends upon what we know. Christ knew the prophecy well. He knew what will happen and He knew His Father’s will. This had kept him hopeful amid adversity.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6
Even though Christ was a man of sorrow but He was not destroyed by anxiety and depression(we know the effects of it on our body) because He has knowledge of the Father and His will.
The world, as I have observed, gives too much praise to those who have high intelligence quotient(IQ) but little appreciation to those who have high emotional quotient(EQ). This high EQ keeps people moving forward in life amid adversity, just exactly what life needs in order to survive. But this intelligence towards controlling our emotions is dependent upon what we know especially to our God.
As we increase in the knowledge of God ,this knowledge of Him brings more power to us, and with power, just as human as I thought, helps you to do things extraordinarily even overcoming negative thoughts.