Jesus was everything and became nothing for us. Yet most of the people alive on earth with him when he came, even his very own people, didn't know him or accept him even though he came to save them. The crowds just assumed he deserved what he got. Most did not repent. But there was something about that sacrificial story that has grabbed hearts over the years and called God's lost children home. In our journey home, we find him to not only be a Savior, but a servant who lived and died for our salvation as well.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and he carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
— Isaiah 53:3-4
Dear Lord, your plan to redeem us takes our breath away. Why you chose to take your precious son and expose Him to such public disgrace while He was on earth we will never comprehend. But we do know: you love us with an everlasting love and we will serve you with all of our strength in thanks for His great sacrifice. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen