Sunday, December 16, 2012

Advent: Week 3

This scripture (Isaiah) for Advent was taken from the Nazarene hymnal, but the devotional ramblings are mine.

Isaiah 61:1-3, 12:6

This passage may seem familiar, because it is quoted by Jesus in Luke 4:14-30. Jesus states His mission on earth by reading this passage aloud to his synagogue.

He's anointed by the Spirit.
He's here to proclaim good news to the poor.
He's here to bind up the brokenhearted.
He's here to proclaim freedom for the captives.
He's here to release the prisoners.
He's here to proclaim God's favor and vengeance.
He's here to comfort the mourners.
He's here to provide for the grievers in Zion and bring them beauty, not ashes. Oil of joy, not mourning. Praise clothes, instead of a sad spirit. They will be righteous and show God's splendor.

Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.

How did Jesus do in fulfilling his mission on earth? What are ways we can follow His mission this holiday season and beyond?  

This Advent, are we telling people the good news?
Are we helping and comforting those hurting?
Are we helping those facing persecution? Are we praying for the release of those in prison for their faith?

Christmas is quickly approaching. Are our hearts ready?