Advent 11: Psalm 22,23 & Isaiah 59:14-21

From Grace Leung

Today's passage from Isaiah describes a bleak world where justice and truth are suppressed, which is not so different from our world today, especially in certain parts of the world where corruption and oppression are dominant in society. We may feel powerless in the face of evil, but the good news is that it is not up to us. In verse 15-16, we are told that the Lord was displeased with the injustice and so he took action, and with his own arm he brought salvation.

This is the hope that we have in Christ, in the midst of the darkness of this world, that the Lord has sent for us a Redeemer (v. 20). Jesus is the light of the world - he came the first time 2000 years ago to reveal himself to us, and in this season of Advent we are reminded that Jesus will come again to make all the wrong in this world right.

The passage ends with a wonderful encouragement that the Lord has given us his Spirit and his words, which we have with us forever. This reminds me of Matthew 1:23 which says "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, 'God with us')." As I look forward to Christmas, I remember that the joy and hope of Christmas is that we are not left alone to struggle with the evil in this world, but that the Lord has come down to be with us.

I am living in Somerville and working in cancer research in the pharmaceutical industry. After moving coast to coast from Vancouver, Canada, I am adjusting to life on the other side of the continent and happy to be part of the CotC community.