Scripture … Isaiah 53, selected verses
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
As we journey through the Advent season together in reflection on the names of Jesus, the scripture of Isaiah 53 does not resonate as a positive and uplifting Christmas devotion. Perhaps this is best fit for the Lenten season to discuss the prophecy of these verses. I encourage you to read all of Isaiah 53 during your time today that is set aside for this devotion.
We are not blind to the fact that sorrow can occur to anyone at any time. For Robin and I, the middle of this season is a remembrance of a mother taken to the Kingdom far too soon for us (in our minds). The years don’t make it easier, just less obvious to the ones around us. Each year we surrender more to His plans for us and allow His glory to revealed by helping others.
Jesus understands the pain and sorrows that we go through in our days. For some, this season has more pain and sorrow as we remember those that are not with us for the first time or those that have not been with us for many years.
I encourage you today to look at a Christmas light or a flickering candle … and while you are seeing that light, pray ever so earnestly for those that are in sorrow or pain in this season. Pray that they will see the light of life, the one who suffered to be like us, the one who justifies us, the one who bears our iniquities, and the one who will call us home to the Kingdom where there is unending joy forever and ever.
Prayer … Lord, let your Spirit comfort those that sorrow in this season. Let them feel your joyful presence in their lives. Amen.
Submitted by Tim Still, Elder