Topic: No Glitz, Just Glory
Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 53:1–9(NIV)
Key Verse: Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. – Psalm 63:3
The book of Isaiah was a vision given by God and recorded by the prophet Isaiah (1:1), whose name means “Yahweh is salvation.” Isaiah ministered in Judah during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (1:1) from about 740 to 680 bc. He appears to have lived in Jerusalem (7:1–3), was the son of Amoz (1:1), was married to a prophetess (8:3), and had two sons given symbolic names (7:3; 8:3). The central theme of the book is God, who does all things for His “own sake” (48:11). The heart of Isaiah’s message is God’s purpose of grace for sinners, as seen in our passage today and elsewhere.
Our Daily Bread Today 23 December 2020 Devotional Message:
Looking at the handmade Christmas ornaments my son, Xavier, crafted over the years and the annual mismatched baubles Grandma had sent him, I couldn’t figure out why I was not content with our decorations. I’d always valued the creativity and memories each ornament represented. So, why did the allure of the retail stores’ holiday displays tempt me to desire a tree adorned with perfectly matched bulbs, shimmering orbs, and satin ribbons?
As I began to turn away from our humble decor, I glimpsed a red, heart-shaped ornament with a simple phrase scripted on it—Jesus, My Savior. How could I have forgotten that my family and my hope in Christ are the reasons I love celebrating Christmas? Our simple tree looked nothing like the trees in the storefronts, but the love behind every decoration made it beautiful.
Like our modest tree, the Messiah didn’t meet the world’s expectations in any way (Isaiah 53:2). Jesus “was despised and rejected” (v. 3). Yet, in an amazing display of love, He still chose to be “pierced for our transgressions” (v. 5). He endured punishment, so we could enjoy peace (v. 5). Nothing is more beautiful than that.
With renewed gratitude for our imperfect decorations and our perfect Savior, I stopped longing for glitz and praised God for His glorious love. Sparkling adornments could never match the beauty of His sacrificial gift—Jesus.
Reflect & Pray
How can you make praising Jesus part of your Christmas celebration? What does His sacrifice on the cross mean to you?
Loving God, please help me see the beautiful love reflected through the magnitude of Your sacrifice.