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The Beauty of the Cross

Reflections for Lent from Isaiah 52 & 53

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Lent devotional in Isaiah 52 - 53 to help you delight in the beauty of Christ.

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Delight in the beauty of Christ afresh this Easter

Some of the richest prophecies about the cross of Christ can be found in Isaiah chapters 52 and 53 (the last of the 'Servant Songs'). Take time to go through these familiar yet extraordinary chapters in the run up to Easter with this Lent devotional by Tim Chester. You will be thrilled and challenged as you see how Jesus matched every part of every prophecy, and brought glory to his name through his beautiful sacrifice on the cross.

Contains 47 days of short, stirring reflections as well as a link to an original song, See Jesus Stripped of Majesty.

Written by Tim Chester, author of the best-selling Lent devotional "The Glory of the Cross" and Advent devotional "The One True Light".

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  • 47 daily readings from Isaiah
    Introduction: Isaiah 42, 49, 50
    Lent week 1: Isaiah 52 v 13-15
    Lent week 2: Isaiah 53 v 1-3
    Lent week 3: Isaiah 53 v 4-6
    Lent week 4: Isaiah 53 v 7-9
    Lent week 5: Isaiah 53 v 10-12
    Holy Week: Isaiah 54 & 55


Contributors Tim Chester
ISBN 9781784983710
Format Paperback
First published January 2019
Dimensions 5" x 7.8" x 0.5"
Weight 6.21 oz
Case quantity 64
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

Lewis Allen

Senior Pastor, Hope Church, Huddersfield, UK, and Director of Gospel Yorkshire

Here is a book to treasure and to share. Tim leads us on a journey through some of the Bible’s most precious chapters, for a rediscovery of the Christ who has walked our road, and who goes with us still. The Beauty of the Cross will be a rich blessing to you.

Gary Millar

Principal, Queensland Theological College, Australia; author of Saving Eutychus

This is a book to savour! Tim Chester has done an exquisite job in walking us gently through the richness of Isaiah’s vision of Jesus Christ, the Servant of the Lord, as he walks to (and through) his death in our place. Beautifully paced, theologically rich and deeply rooted in the real world—take it, read it slowly, and drink in its Christ-saturated truth!

Jonathan Lamb

Director, Langham Preaching, Langham Partnership International

This compelling reflection on Isaiah’s extraordinary portrait of the Servant has a simplicity and directness which will provoke surprise, gratitude and worship. Pastoral and devotional in tone, it illuminates these remarkable chapters through thought-provoking illustration and application which will warm the heart, strengthen faith, and encourage mission. A wonderful resource for spiritual renewal!

Independent reviews

Chester's deep love for God and His Word shines bright in this wonderful 40-day devotional.

Chrys Jones, Dwell With Christ

Do yourself a favor and grab a copy before March 6th, so you can savor God's Word in Isaiah 52 and 53 this Lenten season! In a world of distraction, sometimes the best moments are we simply slow down and steep ourselves in a small section of God's Word!... continue reading


The Beauty of the Cross

Thomas Creedy, Thomas Creedy

As someone who has rubbished Lent in the past, and then worked for an Anglican rooted publisher (which publishes a number of Lent books each year, and sees it as a significant communications opportunity) I’ve gradually come to appreciate the role of these key notes in the symphony of the traditional church calendar. Thus, I’m glad to see that one of my favourite author/teachers, Tim Chester, has written a Lent book.... continue reading

Customer reviews

June 16, 2024

“Treasure Concealed, Revealed”

Never having been an observer of Lent, my prejudice against the very tradition almost denied me the privilege and great benefit of owning a copy of this beautiful book. Utterly faithful to Scripture, Spirit breathed and beyond price.
Thank you 🙏

March 23, 2021

“Thought Provoking”

This is the third year I have read through this little book of Lent devotions in addition to my normal ‘explore’ notes; and each time it has given me cause to reflect, wonder and be amazed at the meaning of the cross. A thought proving book taking you through 40 days of short meaningful reflections that point to Jesus and His amazing sacrifice for us.

May 2, 2019

“Excellent way to focus on Jesus through lent”

Another excellent devotional from Tim Chester focussing our eyes on Jesus throughout lent.

April 13, 2019


This was something of an impulse purchase - Lent was coming, and I hadn't had time to explore the options. But this time I struck gold! Each day's meditation contains enough meat to last through the day, and it's really brought home to me the depth of all that is in Isaiah's Servant Songs. For something to start the day with an early morning cup of tea, this is ideal, and I'll be coming back to it again.

April 2, 2019

“Beautiful indeed”

(Review written for 'The Beauty of the Cross (ebook)')

Some excellent devotions for Lent. They get right to the heart of Easter, and right to the heart of the cross, and feel consistently relevant and challenging. It is always helpful to spend time just reflecting again on the beauty of the cross, and this book helps you do it in a way that is engaging and accessible, and cuts right to the heart. It would have been nice to have some more questions for reflection, but the content of each day is enough to get the heart and head working.

March 29, 2019

“Not just for Lent!”

Our church tradition does not celebrate lent, but I like to follow the Easter story, so bought this book this year to discover that it is so much more than just Reflections for Lent!
The Reflections on Isaiah 52 and 53 are slow and deliberate pointing to the Cross, showing the personal cost the suffering servant paid, showing the sufferings as a measure of His love for us, showing how Christ came to stand with us in our sufferings, as Chester points out, it is personal with Isaiah’s use of the pronouns ‘we’ and ‘us’.
These Reflections show the surprise, the shock, the stand-on-its head way of salvation Jesus executed for us on the cross which cause us to pause and wonder.

Each Reflection is about 2-3 pages long and concludes with a short prayer, a hymn or poem for meditation. This is book is not just for lent, not just for Easter, but for anytime we need to slow, meditate and take a fresh look at the beauty of the cross.

March 15, 2019

“Powerful and compelling”

I have tried many times to "get into" a book of Lent meditations and failed spectacularly. Tim Chester's little book has me hooked! Our homegroup met on Valentines day, and I bought them all a copy, and everyone has told me how much they are enjoying and learning from it. I just ordered an extra copy for a friend who had ordered it through Amazon, but it had failed to deliver - and it was here the next day. Thank you Good Book Company as well as Tim

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