Advent 2021: Saturday, December 11

December 11, 2021

“Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. As was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath. And when He stood up to read, the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it was written:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

Then He rolled up the scroll, returned it to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him, and He began by saying, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

I hope Advent is not focused on buying gifts and filling our refrigerators with rich food, but as we wait for Christmas, we remember why Jesus came and provide good news for the poor, offer a helping hand to those imprisoned by sin, drugs, or mental illness, and walk with the lame.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God.” (Micah 6:4)

Tim Morris, elder