Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Chain-breaking, Sin-Carrying Savior


Few passages in Scripture are as beautifully poignant as Isaiah 53. It's a word-picture of our Suffering Savior. We usually read these words at Easter, but they are equally suited to Christmas as a reminder of why Jesus came.

These words aren't an after-the-fact description; they're a prophecy of what would come. 

"He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him." (Is 53:2) 

Jesus didn't look like a king, but He is Lord of Heaven and earth.

"He was despised and forsaken of men..."  (Is 53:3) 

He wasn't the one men chose, but He is a friend of sinners everywhere.

"He was despised, and we did not esteem Him." (Is 53:3)

He wasn't loved, yet He is love.

"Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried." (Is. 53:4)

He was the grief-bearer, but He is also the joy-giver.

"He was crushed for our iniquities." (Is. 53:5)

He was smashed by the weight of our sin, but He is the chain-breaker.

"But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him." (Is. 53:6)

He was the sin-bearer, but He is also the sinner's Savior.

No one looked at the baby in the manger and recognized all He meant for us. No one looked at the man on the cross and understood all He'd done for us. We can't even look at the empty tomb and comprehend what it means for us.

But one day we will. 

Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. 

As we enjoy the music of the season, shop, decorate, and celebrate with loved ones, let's hold on to the truth of our Chain-breaking, Sin-carrying Savior whose manger only matters because of His cross.
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