DAY 18

The Suffering Savior

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds, we are healed. Isaiah 53:3–5

The food we eat and the presents we enjoy during Christmas stand in stark contrast to what Jesus experienced on earth. From the cradle to the cross, the Savior’s life was marked by suffering. Yet, every moment of Jesus’ suffering was endured to bring us peace and joy.

Here are two questions to reflect on and discuss as a family or on your own:

  1. How much would you be willing to give up or suffer through to prove your love for those you care about? How much more has Jesus given up in order to prove His love for us?

  2. What is something you’re up against right now that is painful and difficult?

Pray: “Faithful Father, You are loving and wise. Use today’s reminder of Your sufferings in the past to see me through my sufferings in the present. Though I can’t always trace Your hand, give me faith to trust Your heart.”

As a family: Do a “toy box clean out.” Make room for all the new gifts by cleaning out toy boxes. Take the items to a local mission partner (we suggest Western Carolina Rescue Mission) and bring your kids along to donate.