Women’s Midweek Reflection: See the Advent through Isaiah’s Eyes

By Claudean Boatman

by Danielle Dolin

I’m embarrassed to admit this. As a young adult, I sat in a Christmas Eve service while the pastor served the Lord’s Supper. What do Christmas and Easter have to do with each other? I wondered. The answer? Everything.

Isaiah 53 foretells the Messiah’s coming. Isaiah describes Jesus as despised and rejected by men, one who suffered, and one unvalued. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our inequities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds.”

Before Jesus could be Redeemer, He had to prove He was able to take the punishment for our sins. If Jesus had not been born sinless and remained sinless, He could not have conquered death through resurrection from the dead.

It took some maturing before I saw Christmas and Easter as two sides of the same coin. I now gaze at the manger with the resurrection in mind. Carols like O Come, Emmanuel and Hark the Herald Angels Sing have a fuller meaning now. All through the Christmas season, I look toward the resurrected Jesus.

Challenge: Pursue the Christ of the cross as much as the Jesus in the manger.

Claudean Boatman loves the Christmas season; it is intertwined with her one and only love story. She and her husband celebrated their engagement for the 39th time when they decorated their Christmas tree on December 5. She earned a Master of Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary, Rocky Mountain Campus (Denver area), in 2023.

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