Advent 2021 • Week Four • Day Four

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Verse of the Day

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” -Isaiah 53:3 (ESV)

Hello friends —

I’m so pleased you took a few minutes of your day to visit my site. Today, we unwrap the name of Jesus, “Man of Sorrows.” Jesus gave up Heaven for a time so you and I could be reconciled with God. Jesus suffered all the things that you and I should have. Jesus knew the road ahead of Him was going to be difficult, and that’s putting it mildly. Have you ever watched “The Passion of Christ” movie? I have seen it a few times but it is hard to watch. It’s hard because it’s true, it happened. Jesus was treated with such cruelty and He was ridiculed, beaten, mocked and crucified for things He had never done. He literally felt the full weight and circumstances of our sin and bore it to the point of death. Jesus could have at anytime said, “enough, is enough!” but He never uttered such words. Jesus compelled but His love for us, stepped forward and willingly walked into His sufferings and humbled accepted the punishments that should have been ours.

In both, Matthew and Luke’s gospels they write about the mental and emotional anguish Jesus dealt with. Matthew 26:38 “Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” (ESV)

Luke 22:44 says this, “And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (ESV)

Jesus accepted all this pain and sorrow because He loves His creation. He is it all for LOVE

CHALLENGE

Many people suffering during the Christmas season; disappointments, loss, heartache, regret and pain. The challenge for today is to follow Jesus example and face these things head-on! Remember what Paul wrote, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.“ -Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Read John 18 – 19

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2017&version=NIV&interface=amp

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2018&version=NIV&interface=amp

Reflect on the fact that Jesus knew fully what awaited Him at the cross but still submitted to the Father’s Will. Spend part of your day worshiping Jesus, who was a “Man of Sorrows” and is now exalted at God’s right hand.

Prayer ~

O Lord Jesus, I have no words that could adequately thank you for willingly taking punishment that should have been mine, and you willingly suffered for me. Help me be more mindful that when I have struggles and sorrow in my life; you experienced them first. Thank you and I praise you, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

➡️➡️➡️FOR FURTHER STUDY

Psalm 69:29 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2069:29&version=ESV

Isaiah 53:1-12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2053:1-12&version=ESV

John 10:17-18 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2010:17-18&version=ESV

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

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