Scripture: Isaiah 53:10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and fill Him with grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s plan will prosper in His hands. When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of what He has experienced, My Righteous Servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins.
Devotional: In this passage we come full circle to where we began this week with God’s promise, through Abraham, to bless all people. Jesus has fulfilled that promise that continues as generations of people are counted as righteous because of His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.
He suffered much, but much would be accomplished through His anguish, and because of that, you and I and generations of people have the opportunity to become the children of God. What began as a select people set apart, has now been extended through Christ’s sacrifice to all who would believe.
The anticipation and the waiting is no more. Christ is here, God with us. Let’s share this good news of hope for all people this Christmas season.
- Too often, our focus during the Christmas season is on all the traditions we’ve acquired: decorating, shopping, baking, gathering with family and friends. And the truth of what we truly celebrate can be overshadowed by all this. Resolve to focus your heart on the fulfillment of God’s promise that Jesus has brought, and the promise yet to be fulfilled as we await his second coming.