Reading: Isaiah 61:10 to 62:3
Verse 11: “The sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations”.
Ah!! Christmas Day is here! It feels as if all were right in the world as our families and homes are filled with love. Yes, there is still hurt and brokenness and violence out there in the world, but on this day it feels a bit more distant. On this day we celebrate that love was born and in faith we believe that evil will never defeat Christ’s love. Ever since that first Christmas Day, Jesus’ love has shone out into the darkness, chasing evil and all its companions away. Thanks be to God for the love that He sent into the world long ago in that Bethlehem town.
On this day in particular we live into verse eleven: “The sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations”. Love springs up all around today in our homes and in our neighborhoods and in our communities. Righteousness springs up through us and our acts of love and kindness. This love comes not from us but from God. Our passage today reminds us that when we rejoice in the Lord, He clothes us in “garments of salvation” and in “robes of righteousness”. When we proclaim Jesus as King of our lives we rest in the knowledge that this same baby Jesus also died for our sins. We are sure of our salvation and begin to live righteous lives. Righteousness and praise do spring up all around as we share the love of Jesus with the world.
It is from this place of salvation that we joyfully join Christ in shining that light our into the world. From this place we go forth to love the unlovable, to bring comfort and healing to the broken, to let the least know that they are worthy and valued, and to bring hope to those trapped in despair and pain. We go forth filled with the love of Christ to share this love with a world in need. Merry Christmas indeed! Merry Christmas!