Thursday, December 11, 2008

A promise for Christmas..."IT IS FINISHED"

"Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisment for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken, And they made His grave with the wicked---But with the rich at His death. Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deciet in His mouth." Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put HIm to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days. And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,And He shall divide the spoil with the strong. Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors. And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors."
Isaiah 53:4-12
Now that is what Christmas is about! Yes He was born on earth. But let's not forget why He was born.
I was taking my oldest daughter to school yesterday. I told her about one time when Jesus got mad. When He went in and turned over the money changer tables in the tabernacle. I told her why the money changers were there. We talked about how the Jews had to sacrifice animals and why. Then I told her what Jesus did on the cross for us and how He was the ultimate and final sacrifice. I told her what Jesus said before He died. "It is finished." Isn't that wonderful? We no longer have to sacrifice bulls and goats etc.. Jesus paid the price and now it is finished. The law and the prophets were fulfilled when He said it is finished. That is a promise for Christmas and forever. Repent and believe! Read the account in Isaiah and realize what Jesus went through and what God went through during that time. Then realize what was done for us who believe in Jesus. That is an awesome present.

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