Twenty-first Day of Advent
Isaiah 52:7-10 English Standard Version (ESV)
7 How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
8 The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
9 Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.
Have you ever been lost? For the moment I don’t mean spiritually lost, but rather didn’t stop to ask directions lost, separated from your parents at the mall, or out in the wilderness lost. If you have, you likely have some sort of pit-of-your stomach feeling remembering that experience. Not knowing when or how you would be found again is a terrible place to be. What about that moment when rescue did come? Another feeling, but this time joy, elation, relief. When you saw that help come, it caused in you a need to rejoice. It might have been emotional, but it was certainly celebratory. The prophet Isaiah speaks about those who bring the good news to the lost (back to spiritual things now). The prospect of being found and brought back to the light is a cause for great joy. It still is. The Lord has done great things to rescue his people. What will your response be? You can imagine that I really like Isaiah’s ideas: lift their voice and break forth into singing.
Aaron C. Hufty