The Costly Promise of Christmas

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“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.” 

Isaiah 53:4-5 (ESV)

The costly Promise of Christmas began in a young virgin’s womb. The Light of the Promise shined in the darkness and blessed those who followed the Light. The Promise healed the sick, touched the untouchables, taught the masses, fed the hungry, raised the dead, commanded nature, and blessed the little children.

The Promise prophesied hundreds of years before He came hung on the cross.

Blood dripped to the ground. His arms spread wide … piercing nails … bloody crown of thorns, jeering soldiers, beloved mother weeping.

 “My God, My God, why have you abandoned Me? Why are You so far away when I groan for help?” 

Psalm 22:1 (NLT)

On the cross, your sins, my sins, and the sins of the world were placed upon Jesus. All that flows from sin—grief, sorrow, sickness, and a thorn-strewn world were placed upon Jesus. 

Jesus was beaten beyond recognition as a man because of our sins. He paid the price that we owed for our sins. 

But His Perfect Sacrifice brought us peace with God. God sees the blood of Jesus and declares those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior as right with Him. 

The Promise: The Savior of the lost brought us freedom from our slavery to sin.

Freedom from sin. Freedom from all that limits. Freedom that brings peace with God.

“Behold, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world!” 

John 1:29b (NKJV)

Behold Our Savior! Behold Our Promise Keeper!

Our Righteous Lord, You alone are worthy of our praise. Jesus, thank You for taking our sins upon Yourself and paying the price for those sins. Thank You for bringing peace with God to us. Holy Spirit, help us to remember the entire story of Christmas. Help us to remember why Jesus came into the world. Help us to behold His purity. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.


  1. Read Isaiah, chapter 53. 
  2. What does the Scripture say about Jesus in this chapter?
  3. What will you do differently this Christmas season?

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