Isaiah 53:3-11
3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 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.
11 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.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

God pulled back the curtain of time to let the people of Isaiah’s day look ahead to the suffering of the Messiah and the result of forgiveness made available to all people.  In the Old Testament people offered animals as a sacrifice for their sin.  Here, the sinless Man of God offers Himself for our sins.  He is the Lamb of God offered for the sins of all people. Christ suffered for our sake, bearing our sins to make us acceptable to God.  He suffered great pain for our weaknesses and for our healing.  He gave so much and asks so little of us in return.  He asks only that we believe.  How much is that for us to give in return for all that He has done for us.  Because of the suffering Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, we can be in the presence of God the Father.  We come before Him without sin, completely washed clean and can have a relationship with Him.  And not only in this world, but in the world to come.  During this Christmas season praise Him for His sacrifice and accept His gift of love.  Only by believing in Christ will you ever know true peace and joy.  There is no other way.  Jesus said, ” I am the Way, the truth and the life.”  Today is the day of salvation!

Have a God Day!