December 24 Wednesday the Fourth Week
2SAMUEL 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; LUKE 1:67-79
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What are you waiting for?
Is it for a savior to “set you free?” From “enemies” and those who “hate” you?
The Gospel shifts us to a different perspective: the “prophet” sent to “prepare his way,” will do it by “giving his people knowledge” of a salvation that consists in “the forgiveness of their sins.”
The “enemy” is ourselves.
The “tender mercy” of God will “shine like the dawn” on those who “dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” He will “guide their feet into the way of peace.”
His salvation will be invisible to those who believe they have sufficient light and life within themselves.
It will not affect those who say, “‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:4). Who have no concept and no desire for “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” The peace that comes through union of “heart and mind in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Our Savior doesn't force; he sets us free. We have to want to move. To change. To experience “more.”
Those who feel their enslavement can wait for a savior. And accept him when he comes. They can celebrate Christmas.
For the rest, there is nothing but “Happy holidays!”
So what are you waiting for? “Lift up your head and see; your redemption is near at hand!"
“Come, Lord Jesus!”
See the dark. Seek the light.