Approximately 2,700 years ago, in the midst of tragedy, darkness and despair, the prophet Isaiah prophesied, "to us a child is born, to us a son is given". The response of the Father to a broken world is to send a child, His one and only son. What an amazing response! Not a solider, not a politician, a son. He didn't send an army or start a political party. He extended family.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV)
Approximately 700 years later Jesus was born. An angel announces His arrival.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12 NIV)
The Father loved us so much He sent His Son, who loved us so much that He gave up His life so that we might become sons and daughters, brothers and sisters - a family sent in the same love with the same commission as Jesus himself.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:29 NIV)
Amidst the turmoil and tragedy that so often strikes this broken world, I remember the Father's response and I'm inspired again to be loved and sent into the world with the message of life, light and hope.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21 NIV)
In this commission is found the why? of LW3.
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