hope for the ruins

Christ's Birth, Conrad Von Soest, fl. 1370-1420, Stadkirche St. Nikolaus, Bad Wildungen, Germany

Christ’s Birth, Conrad Von Soest, fl. 1370-1420, Stadkirche St. Nikolaus, Bad Wildungen, Germany

Isaiah 52:7-10
For Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Nativity of the Lord – Proper III

Isaiah prophesied that while Jerusalem currently lay in ruins God Himself would come to restore Zion (Isaiah 52:8,9).  This is what happened when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Jerusalem in this passage is not only a physical place but also a metaphor for the entire world.  We live amidst our own ruin (e.g. the fiscal cliff) and yet what Isaiah foresaw has already come true in Jesus, and is even now working out to restore everything within us and even around us.

Merry Christmas!

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