Advent - The Joy of God’s Crushing Will
“It was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”
Christmas is a holiday where Christians around the world collectively celebrate by saying, “It’s not me!”
The coming of the Messiah is such an odd event, because it is simultaneously the most tragic event in history and the most wonderful. It is a day when the sacrifice whom God promised for centuries finally came, a day when Christians around the world could look upon their Savior and say, “There He is! He’s really going to do it. He’s really here to take my place and give me heaven.”
This was the plan of God. “It was the will of God to crush Him.” That sounds backwards, but that is the joy of Christmas. God promised to suffer for your sin and now, praise the Lord, through the incarnation, death, and resurrection, the promise is fulfilled.