“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.” – Isaiah 53:12

At Christmas time our thoughts turn to decorating our homes and tree, beloved Christmas music, Christmas cookies, and buying/receiving gifts. Hopefully our thoughts also spend time focused on the baby Jesus. We are familiar with His story: mother is a virgin, holy conception, born in a manger, angels sing, shepherds and wise men from afar come to worship.

This is more than a cute story. Before Jesus was a twinkle in His mother’s eyes, God the Father was looking forward 34 years to the cross. Jesus’ one sacrifice. His innocence for your sin. He was without blame, without guilt. Jesus went to the cross knowing fully the pain His physical body would feel and the pain of His heartache. He took on our sins—“He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors.” Why? So that whoever believes in Him, confesses their sin and asks Him to be Lord of their life could become the righteous of God. The righteous are free from guilt or sin, rightly related to God the Father, and will spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

Christmas—a baby born and laid in a manger. Good Friday—a great suffering sacrifice on a cross. Easter morning– an empty tomb. Jesus’ history becomes part of our history. So how will you celebrate the birth and sacrifice of your loving savior?

Lord Jesus, as we look forward to the celebration of Your birth help us to remember Your purpose in coming-to give Your life for our sins. Thank You for Your unconditional love for us. In Your name, Amen

~ Monika Hupe