December 24 – A Promised Prophet
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
- Isaiah 40:1 – 5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
- John 1:1 – 14
In the greatest story ever told, the prophets in the Old Testament were set apart by God to deliver God’s word to God’s people. The prophets proclaimed promises from God, pointed to the fulfillment of those promises, and warned about what would happen if God’s people failed to trust God’s word. Essentially, the Old Testament prophets were God’s mouthpieces. They brought God’s word to God’s people.
Jesus came as the fulfillment to the roll of the prophets because Jesus is the word made flesh. In other words, he is the perfect prophet. He is both the messenger and the message – the proclamation of redemption and the one who accomplishes redemption.
Sadly, in the rush of planning and purchasing Christmas, we can drown out Jesus’ prophetic voice. So my prayer this Christmas is a simple one. I pray that we would slow down and listen to Jesus. That we would still ourselves in this season and hear from the God who loves us and speaks words of life to us. By the way, stillness before Jesus is a bold act of faith. It is a tangible expression that we believe Jesus still speaks today and we want to hear his voice.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Isaiah 40:1 – 5 and John 1:1 – 14?
What can you do this coming year to listen to Jesus?