Sunday, December 10
Week Two - Light of the World - Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:13-17
Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:13-17
In our scripture reading we can see that the prophet Isaiah caught glimpses of a better future for the world. This future happened because of the great reversal brought about by the penetration of the kingdom of God into culture, communities and hearts. Here are a few of the things that Isaiah saw:
darkness into Light,
gloom to Joy,
tyranny into Freedom,
and bloodshed into Peace.
How does this change take place? Isaiah says, “for unto us a child is born.” The future hope of transformation takes place not in the powerful political machinations of palaces by queens and kings, but as Christians, we believe it starts with a babe born in Bethlehem. “The Kingdom of God,” this baby would say later, “is like a mustard seed…”
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ humble yet life-changing ministry is seen as the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.”
In a dark, sad, oppressive and violent world, don’t underestimate the power of small important decisions to pursue and to partner with the new kingdom and discover in ever increasing ways that his name is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!
God, help us to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness and may the light of your love and mercy shine on the darkness in our own hearts and in our world so that we may all discover in new ways that this humble child is Christ our Savior and our hope.