Isaiah 49:1-7 (New International Reader's Version)
1 People who live on the islands, listen to me. Pay attention, you nations far away. Before I was born the Lord chose me to serve him. He appointed me by name.
2 He made my words like a sharp sword. He hid me in the palm of his hand. He made me into a sharpened arrow. He took good care of me and kept me safe.
3 He said to me, "You are my true servant Israel. I will show my glory through you."
4 But I said, "In spite of my hard work, I feel as if I haven't accomplished anything. I've used up all of my strength. It seems as if everything I've done is worthless. But the Lord will give me what I should receive. My God will reward me."
5 The Lord formed me in my mother's body to be his servant. He wanted me to bring the family of Jacob back to him. He wanted me to gather the people of Israel to himself. The Lord will honor me. My God will give me strength.
6 The Lord says to me, "It is not enough for you as my servant to bring the tribes of Jacob back to their land. It is not enough for you to bring back the people of Israel I have kept alive. I will also make you a light for other nations. Then you will make it possible for the whole world to be saved."
7 The Lord sets his people free. He is the Holy One of Israel. He speaks to his servant, who is looked down on and hated by the nations. He speaks to the servant of rulers. He says to him, "Kings will see you and rise up to honor you. Princes will see you and bow down to show you their respect. I am the Lord. I am faithful. I am the Holy One of Israel. I have chosen you."
God had the perfect plan. He alone could come up with it, because He alone could do what was necessary. Mere man could not do it; nor could the angels. Nothing could bring back the creation to Himself but Him. Only God could step into the world, live a sinless life, serve mankind around him to point the way to the Kingdom of Heaven, and in obedience lay down his life on the cross to be the Savior, not only for the Jewish people and but for all of mankind.
One day all of us will bow down to our Savior. Some will come kicking and screaming, and others will come in utter anguish. As for the believer, we will joyfully approach His thrown of grace and call out to the one who gave so much, because He loved us so much. Christmas allows us to consider and wonder about the "awesomeness" of God; it allows us to ask ourselves, "why us?" Read and meditate with me as we consider our God, our Servant, our Savior and our King.
Luke 2:25-35 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
25A man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. He lived an honorable and devout life. He was waiting for the one who would comfort Israel. The Holy Spirit was with Simeon 26and had told him that he wouldn’t die until he had seen the Messiah, whom the Lord would send. 27Moved by the Spirit, Simeon went into the temple courtyard. Mary and Joseph were bringing the child Jesus into the courtyard at the same time. They brought him so that they could do for him what Moses’ Teachings required.
28Then Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God by saying,29“Now, Lord, you are allowing your servant to leave in peace as you promised. 30My eyes have seen your salvation, 31which you have prepared for all people to see. 32He is a light that will reveal salvation to the nations and bring glory to your people Israel.”
33Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “This child is the reason that many people in Israel will be condemned and many others will be saved. He will be a sign that will expose 35the thoughts of those who reject him. And a sword will pierce your heart.”
Philippians 2:6-11 (New International Reader's Version)
6 In his very nature he was God. But he did not think that being equal with God was something he should hold on to. 7 Instead, he made himself nothing. He took on the very nature of a servant. He was made in human form. 8 He appeared as a man. He came down to the lowest level. He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death. In fact, he died on a cross.
9 So God lifted him up to the highest place. He gave him the name that is above every name. 10 When the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone's knee will bow to worship him. Every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow to worship him. 11 Everyone's mouth will say that Jesus Christ is Lord. And God the Father will receive the glory.
Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.