5 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Since this is Christmas Day, I thought I’d take a departure from the normal topics and write about the One Whom we celebrate this day. Years ago, I bought a small framed print that I have placed on the wall of every office I have worked in since. The print is about our Lord. I have always put it in a prominent place so that everyone that came into my office would know what my life is about and would know the reason why I am the way I am, a man who puts love and service into everything that he does. I follow the example and teachings of a Man Who was like no other man and is surpassed by no other man in His greatness. The print which still remains on my wall reads this way: “One Solitary Life: He was born in an obscure village; He worked in a carpenters shop until He was thirty; He never held an office; He never had a family or owned a house; He didn’t go to college; He had no credentials but Himself; He was only thirty three when the public turned against Him; His friends ran away; He was turned over to His enemies and went through a mockery of a trial; He was nailed to a cross between two thieves; While He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing; He was laid in a borrowed grave; Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today, He is THE figure of the human race; All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that every sat, all the kings that ever reigned, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that one solitary life.”
He is the greatest man ever to live and the greatest that ever shall live. He is unsurpassed in wisdom, love, and greatness. I praise that Man who, as a God, walked this very earth to experience all the sorrows and pain of this life so that He could be the perfect Counselor, the perfect Priest, the perfect Healer, and the perfect Friend. He didn't have to come, and He didn't have to die. He did both by choice out of a love that is greater than any other love now and forevermore.
I pray that you all will remember and personally experience the Friendship and the Lordship of this Man Jesus today and for the rest of your life. May His peace shine in your life and the lives of those around you this day we celebrate the day that He came into this world.