Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25; Psalm 85 Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior; Luke 7:18-23
"For thus says the LORD, the creator of the heavens, who is God, The designer and maker of the earth who established it, not creating it to be a waste, but designing it to be lived in: I am the LORD, and there is no other..."
Advent reminds us of the very reality Isaiah is proclaiming; we are not a waste. Our lives are not a waste. We are created from of old to live with the one and only God.
Is this not what the baby in the manger proclaims. Is this not what his cries echo forth from Bethlehem.
"Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven...the LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, salvation, along the way of his steps."
When we think of Jesus do we think of the above sentiment? When we contemplate the face of Jesus, do we see in that beautiful countenance: kindness and truth meeting or justice and peace kissing or truth springing out of the earth and justice looking down from heaven?
In the God man Jesus Christ all of this comes to pass. Kindness and truth are united as the divinity of humanity become one in Christ.
It is Him who assures that we are not a waste of time. We may have wasted our time but God finds us a waste well worth it.
The ole adage applies to God: waste not want not.
Listen to the words of John the baptist in the gospel.
"Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"
Listen to Jesus' response.
"Go and tell John what you have seen and heard..."
The search is over.