Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing…
“Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” ~Luke 2:34-35
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried. Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.” ~Isaiah 53:3-5