20 thoughts on “Advent of the Redeemer – Part 2”

  1. Oh Stephanie, this is profound beyond words. The scriptures you aligned, where the Old and New Testament accounts echo back and forth, are truly incredible. I will be meditating on this for a while. “Jesus, the horn of our salvation, was caught in a thicket of thorns himself and then bound instead of Isaac—to die in our place.” What a gift. You are right in your conclusion, our best response is to live a life pleasing before Him in holiness and gratitude. God bless you and your ministry!

  2. This is amazing! I learned so much reading this today. I have always pictured Isaac as a little boy, so that was something new to think about. And what a great reminder of all the connections between Jesus’ death and Abraham’s almost-sacrifice of his son. Thank you for giving me so much to think about!

    1. I always had the felt-board picture of an old Abraham and a little boy Isaac, walking up the mountain in my mind. It does exercise our preconceptions to view it this way. But as someone commented on Instagram, even had Isaac been a boy still he could have easily overpowered his elderly father. That too gave me something to think about. Thank you for reading, Emily!

  3. Great theology in this post, Stephanie. I didn’t know that Jerusalem meant “City of Peace.” WOW! And isn’t it ironic that it has been the place of historical unrest? I mean, Israel in general has been the target of wars and all kinds of political challenges.

    The other irony is that everyone thinks that Jesus came to bring peace, but he didn’t. He came to bridge the gap between humanity and its Creator, and that doesn’t always bring outwardly peace but conflict. We must leave our known comforts, and follow Christ at all costs, including, at times, loosing the very things we love in this world. But the love we receive in return, the inner peace, far outweighs them all! Bless you, Lisa Q

    1. Yes, Lisa. That is an interesting point. It reminds me of what my pastor said once regarding conflict. He said he loves resolution more than he hates conflict. Is that the heart of Jesus? That to be the Prince of Peace, to bring ultimate peace, he must love resolution enough to bring the necessary conflict it will take to achieve it?

  4. Hi Stephanie. I loved Part 1, and now Part 2. This is shaping up to be a very thought provoking, awe-inspiring series. Really good stuff! I don’t think I’ve every considered all the parallels between the sacrifices of Isaac and Jesus – not all in one sitting, anyway. And how breathtaking it is to consider my passionate reluctance to be in the shoes of both Abraham and Isaac, while the Father and the Son planned and followed through so willingly with our favor in their hearts. How can we not respond by offering ourselves. Thank you for this inspiring post.

    1. I’m with you, Stephen. I’d never really sat down and thought through it all in one sitting until recently. And I know I’m missing so much more. But parallel after parallel just started exploding on the page and it put me more in awe of our Awesome Savior. Thank you for your thoughts.

  5. The Christmas Mass at my son’s church last Christmas Eve featured a discussion of Isaac as foreshadowing Christ’s sacrifice. I had not thought of that before.

    I too wonder about Isaac’s submission to sacrifice. Surely he could have taken the elderly father and escaped.

    The Holy Spirit is amazing in every age.

    Merry Christmas! God bless!

  6. I learned so much from your post and from all research and digging you did for this blog. I had never made the connection between Issac and Jesus before reading you post and it makes so much sense.

  7. First, it’s like you were describing my kids! I have a wonderfully compliant son who is helpful and faithful to the bone. He’s sandwiched between 2 spirited sisters. Jeez!
    As far as the story, I’ve always been bothered by this story. I suppose that’s why it’s such a powerful testimony. What kind of God asks that of his followers? Then I remember, God volunteered as tribute. He submitted to his own demands for blood to wipe out sin. That is the tragedy and the hope of the cross.
    We had a guest preacher say recently that Moriah and Golgotha are the same mountain geographically and spiritually. I thought that was pretty profound. Good thoughts as usual, Stephanie.

  8. Wow! This blew my away, Stephanie. I never connected all the dots in this story that you do such a beautiful job with. And this…

    “God sent Abraham to the City of Peace where the Son of Promise would one day be killed for us. The ultimate sacrifice.”

    Oh, my that deserves a hearty, “Amen!”

  9. What a deep, awe-inspiring post! There is so much here. I love how you wove the two stories of Isaac and Jesus together. It really painted the picture well and helped me see the foreshadowing of Jesus in the story of Isaac. Your challenge of our response is both uplifting and encouraging but also convicting.

    “On a mountain, in the land of Moriah, Jesus provided Himself for our salvation, our forgiveness, our righteousness, our redemption, our freedom. What can we do but respond as Abraham and Isaac would, in loving obedience to our King?”

    Amen!

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