Jesus came for all people: God’s word through Isaiah was that God would be extending his covenant to all people. God is gathering others besides those already gathered, and that means you and me. Receive that gift and bind yourself to the one who reaches out to you!
1 This is what the Lord says:
and do what is right,
for my salvation is close at hand
and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
3 Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
6 And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold fast to my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”
8 The Sovereign Lord declares—
he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather still others to them
besides those already gathered.”
Isaiah 56:1, 3, 6-8
10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
Great joy for all people. One of the most important truths of the Christmas story is that Jesus came for all people. Let no ‘foreigner’ say, “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.” He will not. Isaiah’s prophecy was to the people of Israel, who were God’s children. God’s word to them was that God would be extending his covenant to all people. Word…
In Jesus, God is gathering others besides those already gathered. The followers of Jesus should be an ever-increasing movement.
And what does it look like to be his follower? To bind oneself to the Lord (vs. 3), to bind oneself to minister to the Lord, to love the name of the Lord, and to hold fast to God’s covenant, keeping his commands such as the Sabbath (vs. 6) – all these characteristics demonstrate God-followership.
As we follow Jesus, we can consider what it means to, likewise, bind ourselves to him today. Again, as we have reflected recently, this goes beyond the soft nod we sometimes give Jesus at Christmas. It is only through Jesus that we even have the right to be called God’s people.
Jesus is the door through which we walk into relationship with the God who offers us life and hope.
Would you receive this good news and the great joy of knowing Jesus today?