Isaiah 42:1 "Behold, my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations."
Christmas is largely gone and forgotten, the trees are down, the decorations have been put away. New things are on our mind, a new year, and the harsh realities of winter. New things are on our mind, some are problems, but mostly we’re looking forward. Forward to vacations planned, forward to spring, forward to planting a garden, forward to getting out of school, forward to retirement. Its not that looking ahead is a bad thing, except that if all we are doing is looking forward, then we miss the here and now. You see, even if our looking forward, is to the perfection that will be ours when God calls us home to heaven, if that prevents us for giving thanks to God for his blessings that are new every day. If our forward looking, it looking forward to being with God in heaven, but not seeing that God is with us here and now... You see there is something to be said for today. God is with us today. God forgives our sins today. God gives us His peace today.
And maybe, more than anything else that is what the whole of the Epiphany season is about. God with us, today. It is when we look at today, that we see God revealing Himself to us, and showing us his love and grace. We see this as we daily grow in the Word, we see this in the food on the table, and that our travels are mostly blessed, God is with us and we get to where we were going.
And if there is a message we need to carry in this season of winter, it is the simple question: Have you seen the beloved Son? It begins with the baby born in Bethlehem, for that is the news of God among us, news of the Savior who is come. Who is the been born in Bethlehem? He is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, but we meet him not in power and might, rather we meet him in Love. And what is this love? It is a Savior who is Lord of All and servant of God. Have you met the servant of God, have you seen Jesus my Lord. Keep your eyes on him, for he is doing a new thing.
And this is why we live, not just for the future, but with eyes open to see what God is doing today, to see his grace, mercy and blessing among us, to see God at work in our lives.
Who is the Servant of the Lord, the Chosen of God?
Today he brings forth and establishes justice
Today he give breath and life
Today he makes with us a covenant
Today he gives us light and life
Today he opens the eyes of the blind
Today he brings release for the prisoners
Today he does all these things for us.
Today we hear the Word of God speaking to us: Have you seen my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. And we say yes we have, and for all he has done we give you thanks.
Today we thank you that you bring forth justice, but even more we thank you for the righteousness you have given us in the forgiveness of sins that is ours in Jesus name.
Today we thank you for giving us breath and life, for the air we breath, the food on our tables, and more than this we thank you for the gift of the Spirit, and the eternal life that is ours in Christ.
Today we thank you, for the Sun that shines, but more than the Sun, we thank you for your Son, Jesus, the light of the world, who has not only opened the gates, but as the good shepherd leads us in the way we should go.
Today we thank you for opening our eyes. It is good to see, but more than just ordinary sight, we thank you for the spiritual sight you have given us, a sight which opens our minds so we can understand your word.
Today we thank you for our release, from all sin and debt, we thank you from freeing us from the chains that blinded us, we thank you for redeeming us, from the slaver into which we had fallen. We thank you for Jesus who has purchased and won for us a free and complete salvation.
Is it any wonder that God says: Have you seen my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased? So we give thanks for the Lamb of God who takes away our sins, and the sins of the world, and in our words and deeds, we live lives that always point to the cross of Christ, our hope and salvation.