Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21 - Advent

Today’s Scriptures: Lectionary selections from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C

Psalm 80:1-7

Isaiah 42:10-18

Hebrews 10:32-39

Today’s Reflection:

One thing that amazes me about my faith is that the story of one man, in a remote part of an empire, reached today and has impacted all of history since his coming. The story grows even more remarkable as we understand that not only was he a common man, he was rejected by his own people. Yet, the lessons he taught and the power that the brought from God, as God, endured beyond any attempt to hide or reject them.

 

Partially, the success of the story comes from the prophesy in Isaiah. As the Lord talks about leading the “blind by a road they do not know” he opens the faith to the Gentiles, who were considered blind to God because they did not have the divine heritage that allowed them to covenant with God. By the rejection of the Hebrews, God opened his love to the Gentiles who would accept him and the new covenant that came with Christ. Instead of being limited, God’s love is endless as it pours out to all who will see and follow him.

 

From the unlikely to the eternal, the power of God’s love kept the story alive for the centuries from its occurrence until our times today. As we await his return, we take comfort for the provisions he has already made for us through the ultimate sacrifice for our sin.

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