Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Preparing the Way for Christ
Isaiah 42:6-9
Vs. 6 I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations
Isaiah speaks of the promise from the Lord to His chosen Servant, Jesus Christ. God knew of the hardships Christ was to suffer in His earthly ministry, and this passage provides a sense of reassurance and comfort amongst such trials and tribulations that Jesus Christ would face during His time here on earth.  These promises also belong to us, as Jesus said, “As You have sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18).  What can we learn from God’s promise to Jesus Christ?
God’s calling is Holy:  We see here that God calls His servant in righteousness.  In this we can trust that His purpose in His calling will be fulfilled.
Where God calls, He will guide:  God promises to take hold of His servant’s hand.  This reassures His servant that God does not abandon Him in fulfilling His purposes.
God’s calling will fulfill His purposes:  “A covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.”  God’s promise of salvation through Jesus Christ will be given to all nations.
God will use you to do the impossible:  “Open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”  This foretells the miracles God will fulfill through His servant, not just physically but in a personal and intimate way, as He brings salvation and light to all peoples.
Father, we thank You for Your Living Word.  We thank You for fulfilling Your promises in sending our savior, Jesus Christ.  Just as You were always with Him when You sent Him out into this world, we ask that You continually guide us and fulfill Your promises in us as we seek Your Kingdom here on earth.  Amen.
If God called us to a task, He will then qualify us for the job.
Roshan Varughese, Epiphany MTC, NY 
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church