Our celebration of Christmas was made possible by the way Jesus’ life ended

Embrace His Death and Resurrection
It is Written – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:45-49

Key Verse: Luke 24:46

He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day

As we continue to look at this story in Luke’s gospel, we see the words: “This is what is written: ‘The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.’  Jesus pointed them to the Old Testament scriptures.  It was at that point that their minds were opened so they could understand the scriptures” (vs. 45).  The Prophet Zechariah wrote: “…they will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him” (Zechariah 12:10).  And he continued this prophecy in chapter 13: “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered…” (Zechariah 13:7).  The Prophet Isaiah wrote clearly of Jesus’ death and its redeeming purposes: “…He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).  Then the prophets wrote of Jesus’ resurrection: “After the suffering of His soul, He will see the light of life and be satisfied…my righteous servant will justify many and he will bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11).

            Yes, many years before the birth of Jesus, God had revealed to His people the plan of salvation that would come through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.  As we celebrate Christmas, never forget that our celebration was made possible by the way Jesus’ life ended.  If there had been no resurrection, there would be no birthday celebration, but He is risen—indeed!

Father, I worship and praise you for the eternal covenant that brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep!  In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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