Friday, December 22, 2017

Scripture to Meditate On

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds 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.
Isaiah 53.4-6

I admit that this is not the kind of Scripture passage that most people are thinking about during Advent. But it is exactly the kind of Scripture passage that we actually need to be thinking about now. We need to keep clearly in mind the reason for Jesus' coming: the Cross.

We do not celebrate the coming of a cute little baby. We celebrate the coming of a savior, our Savior, who has dealt with our biggest problem, the sin that would keep us far from the God who has created us.