Thursday, December 15, 2016

Isaiah 53:1-6

Isaiah 53:1-6
English Standard Version (ESV)

  The man we dismissed as trash turned out to be the greatest treasure of all.  He didn't act like a Messiah, and he didn't look like a Messiah, so we heaped scorn upon him, unaware that it would all be redeemed through his sacrifice on the cross.
  Drawing near to Christmas, it's important to dwell on the reality of Immanuel, God with us.  God left Heaven to dwell among us, not to drive us to shame, but to welcome us to a place of grace.  God's great love meant he was willing to endure scorn and shame and hatred, because through the valley of the shadow of death there was light and life on the other side.
  God endured pain, pierced for our transgressions, and in return you have life, eternal and free.
  May we live by that truth.

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