Advent Reflection: 12/23/12

12/23/12 Ross Scarborough, (C’13)
Isaiah 42:1-12
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 3:16-21

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth! Let the sea roar and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the tops of the mountains. Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare his praise in the coastlands. -Isaiah 42:1-12

Isaiah was a personal hero of mine growing up. I never cease to be amazed at the insight he gives us on the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. In this prophecy, the Father has given Isaiah a small peek into a conversation between the Father and the Son: verses 6 through 9 show the Father encouraging Christ on his earthly journey. Chronologically this does not make sense, but if we believe that God operates outside of time as we humans understand it, we see how this particular bit of prophecy is God’s way of showing us how the Father and the Son interact. Consequently, it has tremendous impact for us as Christians.

If we are are followers of Christ, how relevant is this passage to how we function in society?  Today Christ exists in us, through the Holy Ghost. When we allow ourselves to be fully taken over and used by God, we become like Christ. We take on his same responsibilities with the knowledge of the protection God gave to Christ he will show to us, too.