Community in Action February 4, 2021

For a child has been born for us,

 a son given to us;

authority rests upon his shoulders;

and he is named

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

    Christmas is a favorite time of year for me. I love listening to the Messiah by Handel and hearing the song “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” It is the affirmation that God wanted to be more fully connected to his creation so he came to earth in a baby.

    This is an incomprehensible, but heartwarming mystery. How this could ever happen we can’t scientifically explain and yet the evidence that Jesus was here on earth in the first century is overwhelming. The thousands of documents verifying the birth, miracles, and ministry of Jesus are the hard evidence.

    The life experiences for myself and from others who have crossed paths with the divine are all heart evidence of this amazing fact. There is more to this life than the hard knocks we receive in our journey or the physical elements that we encounter on a daily basis. There is a spiritual experience, an experience which defies, no goes beyond a linear, concrete, but temporary experience and is a transcendent, eternal experience. 

    This all leads me back to the prophecy spoken by Isaiah in the 8th century B.C.E., a prophecy which brought not only hope for the Hebrews, but laid out the roles of the coming Messiah and his vocational ministry.

    We can’t explain the incarnation, but we can acknowledge it. We can’t replicate the incarnation, but we can rehearse its appearance. We can’t fully understand the ramifications of God coming here on earth, but we can see the evidence of it in the scriptures and in the people around us who have been transformed by God’s grace filled act.

    So I love this text because it combines the visual and the hopeful. It places together the humanity and divinity of God in one sentence. It reminds us that our salvation is not dependent on our own effort, but in receiving the effort which Jesus completed two thousand years ago.

    I don’t know if you have a favorite Isaiah passage, but this one is where it all begins for me.

    Celebrating God’s love through Jesus with you,

    Pastor Randy

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