“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:6-7)
This passage reveals God’s plan for the Messiah. He will be the one to free up the world from its bondage to sin, death and the devil. His prefect righteousness will be accompanied with power to pierce the darkness humankind has gotten itself into. God the Father will oversee all the Messiah does and see to it that all is accomplished.
The symbols of light, opening eyes, freeing from prison, and release, simply express what a powerful Savior the world will have. He will come for both Jew and Gentile. He will leave no one out. All will be cared for.
This is the Messiah, Jesus, whom we know. He is the One, sent from Heaven to save the world. He is the answer to all of humankind’s need. As we trust in Him our lives receive the light of His presence.
We shine for Him because our eyes are open and we are free from the darkness of the world. It is wonderful to walk in the light – the Light of Christ Jesus. God’s plan has been fulfilled. Mission Accomplished – but yet to be completely experienced.
Heavenly Father, we don’t really know what to say. When we think of Your love for Your creation we are dumbfounded. We are such a rebellious lot. We are such rebellious creatures.
Your patience and love through sending Your Son is absolutely astonishing. Thank You Lord for opening our eyes with Your Light! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn.