25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:
Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More
Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia
Promise #16 – the Messiah will be a light for the nations of the world (Isaiah 42: 1-6 and Luke 2: 27-32; Matthew 12: 15-18). “In faithfulness he will bring forth justice” so that all who listen to him will find hope amidst the suffering and injustices of our world. Justice for all is the light of Jesus, shining in the dark alleys of a lost and hurting world. The Messiah’s voice is for all to hear, and it’s a voice of reason, renewal, and reform. This world so easily backpedals away from righteousness and impartiality, but in Jesus we lean forward with mercy, grace, and love. In what corner of your heart have you allowed prejudice, partiality, and pride to emerge? How will the justice and mercy of Jesus transform your response to others this Christmas?
Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!