Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 3:44 pm
Focus on Faith
Isaiah, the prophet returned to Jerusalem and found the city in ruins and the temple destroyed, as revealed in Isaiah 64:1-9. He cried, “We have long been like those whom you do not rule, like those not called by your name” (63:19). Acknowledging that “no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those wait for him” (64:4), and confessing the sins for the people, he pleads, “Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord” (64:9). Isaiah was pleading to God to have mercy on his people.
There was a popular television game show, “The Price Is Right,” and the announcer would call out “Come On Down!” Isaiah had in his prayer a similar expression, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence- so when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!” (vv. 1-2).
We want God to “Come on Down”. That is how we feel. But then that’s what this passage is all about isn’t it? We are the people of this passage. But deep in our hearts we really do want God to come on down so God will know what life is like living in a society that is contrary to His Word which is found in the Bible. It might be frightening, but we still want to see the glory of God. And so with the prophet we call out, “Hey, God, come on down!” We are ready.
God sent his Son down once and now we are preparing ourselves for Advent. Advent is a Latin word meaning toward and coming. So Advent refers to the days approaching the seconding coming of Jesus Christ to earth. That’s what this season is all about: the day God came down to be one of us.
A great-grandfather found his great grandson jumping up and down in his playpen, crying at the top of his voice. When Jason saw his grandfather he reached out his chubby little hands and said, “Out, out”. So the great-grandfather reached down to lift his great grandson out of his predicament but as he did, the mother stepped up and said, “No Jason, you are being punished. You have to stay in your playpen”. The great-grandfather didn’t know what to do. His great grandson’s tears reached deep into his heart. The Mother’s firmness couldn’t be taken lightly. But love found a way. The great-grandfather could not take his great grandson out of the playpen; instead he climbed in with the little great grandson. That is exactly what Jesus did for us. Christ Jesus left heaven for earth and climbed in with us. God came down. The Word was made flesh. God in Christ moved in next door. God came down and walked as one of us. The world trembles in awe and wonder at the miracle of that birth. God came down and wasn’t angry. God came down and through an infant, his son, said, “I love you.”
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 3:44 pm.