advent, day eleven: the rescuer
"He has come for us, this Jesus!He's the hope for all mankind. He has come for us - Messiah. Born to give us life."
As I have an English degree, I cannot bring myself to use an exclamation point at the end of each line there, BUT I WANT TO. I have been wandering around singing this little adaption to "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" (by Meredith Andrews) all week. I love it.
We wait, this advent, with anticipation. We choose to be eager, to create space in our busy little brains and schedules to rejoice in good tidings of great joy, because He has come for us! This Holy God chose to go lower still, to start this rescue mission as a babe. A little wee beastie.
I love reading the Messianic prophecies of Isaiah on "this side of the rescue" and I wonder what it must have been like to be waiting, longing, yearning deeply for the Rescuer to come. We read the Jesus Storybook Bible (best children's Bible, hands down) with our Happy Baby and this adaptation of the prophecy is among my favorite passages:
Dear Little Flock,
You’re all wandering away from Me, like sheep in an open field. You have always been running away from me. And now you’re lost. You can’t find your way back. But I can’t stop loving you. I will come to find you. So I am sending you a Shepherd to look after you and love you. To carry you home to me.
You’ve been stumbling around, like people in a dark room. But into the darkness, a bright Light will shine! It will chase away all the shadows, like sunshine. A little baby will be born. A Royal Son. His mother will be a young girl who doesn’t have a husband. His name will be Emmanuel, which means “God has come to live with us.”
He is one of King David’s children’s, children’s, children. The Prince of Peace. Yes, Someone is going to come and rescue you! But he won’t be who anyone expects.
He will be a King! But he won’t live in a palace. And he won’t have lots of money. He will be poor. And he will be a Servant. But this King will heal the whole world.
He will be a Hero! He will fight for his people and rescue them from their enemies. But he won’t have big armies, and he won’t fight with swords. He will make the blind see; he will make the lame leap like deer! He will make everything the way it was always meant to be.
But people will hate him, and they won’t listen to him. He will be like a Lamb—he will suffer and die. This is the rescue plan we made from before the beginning of the world. It’s the only way to get you back.
But he won’t stay dead—I will make him alive again! And, one day, when he comes back to rule forever, the mountains and trees will dance and sing for joy! The earth will shout out loud! His fame will fill the whole earth as the waters cover the sea! Everything sad will come untrue. Even death is going to die! And he will wipe away every tear from every eye.
Yes, the Rescuer will come. Look for Him. Watch for Him. Wait for Him. He will come!
We get to have a different sort of anticipation, because we live on this side of the Great Rescue. We wait for Him again now. And we choose to go lower still just as He did, to love & encourage others. And we long to see Him, Messiah, who came for us and is coming again.