Investing in Christmas, Day 12-Lifted Up

Ever been “lifted up with pride?” Happens to me everyday. My thinking goes something like this, I’m really good at that. Or, How could they do that to me? 

It’s not pretty, but it’s true. On my daily prayer cards, I have one whole card dedicated to confessing my sin of thinking I’m better or smarter or more talented than others. I confess it and then commit it.

Good thing God is patient with a weak woman like me.

Today, we’ll continue to invest in Christmas by staying in the book of Isaiah. (We’ll be here for several days.)

Isaiah 53:13-15:

“See, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted. Just as many were appalled at You–His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being–so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, for they will see what had not been told them,  and they will understand what they had not heard.”(HCSB)

Remember when Christ was lifted up? On the cross.

I couldn’t watch The Passion of the Christ. I tried.

The startling fact is that Christ was lifted up on a cross which led to His being lifted up for all eternity.

Jesus said this right before perhaps the most well-known passage in the Bible:

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.” (HCSB)

Investing in Christmas, means mediating on the cross of Christ. They cannot be separated.

Hoisted violently up on a cross, to face suffering, ridicule and shame, face marred almost beyond recognition to “sprinkle many nations.” Most commentators believe this to be a reference of the High Priest sprinkling blood to atone for sin.

Christ’s blood atoned for our sin.

And His work shut kings’ mouths.

This thought should shut our mouths.

Bring us to our knees.

Lift our hands in worship.

Listen to this beautiful Christmas hymn for your worship today, Sister.

Are you lifting yourself up? Here’s a suggestion for today. Tell someone about the One Who was lifted up on the cross, Who sprinkled the nations, and shut the mouths of kings.

 

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