This is the passage the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, ‘Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. (Acts 8:32-35)
The eunuch reminds me of Joseph. He was enslaved but devoted to God. His trustworthiness and hard work advanced him to the equivalent of our Secretary of Treasury. God pursued the heart of the eunuch and created the desire to know Him. The eunuch knocked at God’s door, so God sent Philip to open it. Out of the thousands of passages the eunuch could have read, he finds chooses Isaiah 53 where Isaiah prophesies about Jesus. This situation is all God—not coincidence.
God’s message to the eunuch wasn’t that the Roman Empire treated him atrociously by enslaving and castrating him, although Jesus cried with him when it happened. His message was: “He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows….He was pierced for our transgressions….By his wounds, we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5) “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter….He was deprived of justice. (Isaiah 53:7-8) He poured out his life unto death and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12b).
When injustice enters our lives, Jesus carries our sorrows. We don’t need to be victims; by His wounds we are healed. He not only heals our self-inflicted wounds of sin with forgiveness, His love heals us of wounds inflicted by others. If we trust Him, He will take our suffering, make us prosper, and fill us with joy as He did for Joseph and the eunuch. Praise God for Jesus.
Heavenly Father, I praise you for Jesus who heals my wounds! When I say, “Why did this happen to me?” remind me it happened because I will learn from it, prosper from it, and receive joy. Let me always be thankful for Jesus, my savior. In His name, I pray. Amen