I discovered this text only now. It was written in the 800s B.C. and provides the basis for my hope. The hope to have ended suffering in my life, through appropiation. "It shall be as you believe", He stated more than once (or is reported to have said, which speaks to me to the value of the written word).
I pray that these words are or will become your hope as well!
"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that should attract us.
He was despised and and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, familiar with sufferings.
Like one from whom men hide their faces...
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed...
...the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of all."
Do you understand now why I think this message - this Good News - almost too good to be true?