Tuesday, December 23, 2008

As We Reflect On the Cradle

....let's remember the cross. God's grace was sent to us in the form of a fragile, infant boy who would one day bear our sins for all time. The miracle of the Incarnation is transformed into something that is almost unspeakably awesome when viewed in the light of the price He paid for us. God could just as easily become man to enslave and break mankind forever, but He didn't. He came knowing that He would die a horrible death, and yet He still came. His love for us knows no bounds.

So as we celebrate His birth by reading from Luke 2, consider flipping over to Isaiah 53. I promise you will be blessed.

1 Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

3 He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

9 His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.


Mocha with Linda said...

Amen. The cradle's beauty is found in the cross.

Isaiah is such a beautiful book of promise and hope.

Have a blessed and merry Christmas!

Jill said...

Beautiful. Treasures.

Thank you. Merry Christmas.

Mel said...

Thanks for putting this down...and I love the book of Isaiah!!!

luvmy4sons said...

Amen. Thank You, Jesus. And a very Merry Christmas to you friend.