He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. (Isaiah 53:9, NIV)–This is about Jesus.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4, NIV)
Jesus said, ‘It is accomplished’; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit. (John 19:30, Jerusalem Bible)
In the days to come
the mountains of the Temple of Yahweh
shall tower above the mountains
and be lifted higher than the hills.
All nations will stream to it,
peoples without number will come to it; and they will say:
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
to the temple of the God of Jacob
that he may teach us his ways
so that we may walk in his paths;
since the Law will go out from Zion,
and the oracle of Yahweh from Jerusalem’.
He will wield authority over the nations
and adjudicate between many peoples;
these will hammer their swords into ploughshares,
their spears into sickles.
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
there will be no more training for war.
O House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of Yahweh.
-Isaiah 2:2-5, Jerusalem Bible
The following verse guides and challenges me and points to where to find a better world, better places, and better state of being. It links in to today’s posts as well, in that “to live a life of love” (2 John 6, in the Bible), in which no harm is done to one’s neighbour, then one doesn’t commit adultery, or kill, and any other violation against another human being, and one can even reach the marginalized, because one is acting in love. I find the verse challenges and guides me at the spiritual level, to do as it says in my life and to consciously apply it. The real challenge is when one goes beyond one’s comfort zone by serving and befriending others who need it. Yet God sees the heart of the willing servant and does not discredit that. And there are more people more skilled than you and me who are up to that kind of service. As we all have our own gifts, this or that, which can be dispensed with an attitude and application of love for neighbour.