Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ultimate

I was reading my Bible this morning and I came across this passage in Isaiah. Most of you probably know it, even by heart, and so do I, but this morning it caused a deep thankfulness and humility to rise up in my heart.

This is the Ultimate Sacrifice.

And ultimately, this is the reason I'm here.

He has no form or comeliness
and when we see Him,
there is no beauty that we
should desire Him.
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.

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 chastisement 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 judgement
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 deceit
in His mouth.
Isaiah 53:2-9

On this Sunday in November, the month of Thanksgiving, as I think about how everyone makes Halloween almost a national holiday, how Halloween has become a bigger holiday than Thanksgiving, I'm so glad for this remembrance. I'm so thankful! Really, I am.  Thanksgiving seems so commonplace, so banal.  Thanksgiving Day in our nation is now nothing more than a day to watch endless football, while Halloween, Dias de la Muerta, the Day of the Dead, becomes a national phenomenon!

Forgive me for injecting that tiny off-thought, but really, it isn't so out of context, because I'm so grateful that Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be led to the cross.  I have a new appreciation for that this year.  That is the reason my family celebrates Thanksgiving this year, and why I have a tongue to proclaim thanks! Oh, we're thankful for the Pilgrims and their brave journey here, but.....

Jesus Christ died on the cross.

His blood is the redemption of mankind.  Still.

His hanging on that cross is the reason I have a place in Glory beside Him.

That's what my family is going to be celebrating this Thanksgiving, and on this 11th day of November, that's the next thing on my Thankful List!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dia de Los Muertos is actually celebrated along with All Saints Day, not Halloween... But I know what you mean!

Tesha said...

God has really been laying thankfulness on my heart. I know it is an area I lack in right now. Love the scripture you shared!