CHRISTMAS SUFFERING

There are many words associated with Christmas: merry, jolly, festive, and even joy. A word that is not often associated with Christmas is suffering. Yet, one of Isaiah’s final prophesies of the coming Messiah was a portrait of one who greatly suffered.

The Messiah, the one known as Immanuel (Isaiah 7), the Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9), the shoot from the stump of Jesse (Isaiah 11), and the one who would bring forth justice to the nations (Isaiah 42), was also the despised and rejected one. The glory and majesty attributed to Christ was validated by the suffering He experienced at the end of His life.

As we celebrate this Christmas season, we must remember that the hope we cling to came in the form a lowly child born to an unimpressive family. He is the one whose chastisement brought us peace and whose wounds brought us healing. We find hope in a child who came to reconcile many lost and wandering sheep to their shepherd. We find hope in the Messiah who was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. We find hope in the Messiah who was oppressed and afflicted in our place. The hope we celebrate at Christmas is made possible only through the suffering servant of God written about in Isaiah 53. If you are lacking hope, be reminded that it is found in its fullness in Christ, the suffering servant.

Look to Christ, who condescended / Took on flesh to ransom us
                                                      
~ Randy Overstreet