Scripture: Isaiah 49: 5-15 (NIV)
And now the LORD says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength— he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” This is what the LORD says— the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel— to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and stand up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ “They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water. I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up. See, they will come from afar— some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan. ” Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
When Darth Vader–or, perhaps more accurately, the newly-redeemed Anakin Skywalker–tossed Emperor Palpatine down the reactor shaft, he brought balance to the Force. But what he did didn’t just apply to the Jedi and those that could use the Force. This wasn’t an event that just made an impact in that society. This was something that everyone in the galaxy would feel the ramifications of. The light had come out of the darkness and everyone would be touched by its rays.
That’s what Isaiah is talking about in today’s Scripture. Christ’s arrival on Earth was not to just save those that were part of God’s chosen people. He wasn’t just here to redeem the Jews. Verse 6 makes it plain: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the house of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.” Too small a thing! That seems like a pretty big task to us in and of itself, but God had bigger plans. Doesn’t He always? His plans go so far beyond what we could come up with.
Jesus Christ was born in a manager, grew up, suffered, died, and was resurrected so that all people, not just Jews, not just those around Israel at that time, could have the chance to live eternally in heaven with our Lord. This season we celebrate is truly a wondrous time when we realize that God loved the world–the world–so much that He sent His Son. We are loved, so let us show that love to others!