3rd Sunday in Advent

With the birth of our savior, Jesus or Nazareth, the Christ, the world was rocked. Men from around the world are said to have known somebody special was born, and here they found that very special little boy in a sort of stable. From humble beginnings, He never lost that humility, dying naked and virtually alone between two criminals despite his completely clean record. Because of Him, we can be forgiven, and by his example we can learn to forgive truly.

The book of Isaiah 35:1-6 reminds us of His mission: “Say to those with fearful hearts” says the prophet ” be strong and do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance; with divine retribution He will come to save you.” Which is one reason that the Jewish scholars could not wrap their head around his divinity. Where was the vengeance? The divine retribution? Incredibly he brought it to the cross, upon which true divine retribution was exacted. From this love for us, we can learn to forgive others, or exact vengeance by heaping coals of kindness on the heads of our enemies. By this kind of love, there is nothing mankind can not accomplish. By working together in love for mankind, we can cause the blind to see, and the lame to leap, we can bring streams to the desert, and bring the mute to shout for joy. If only we should accept His call, to focus on ourselves, to repent of our own wrongs and release others of their obligations to us by forgiving them, then there is nothing we can not do.

This is the blessing of the advent of our Savior. This is part of the hope of Christ. Should we offer unconditional love like children to the world — like Christ to mankind, like G-d to you —  to one another, we will find mankind overcome our greatest hurdles. So call to people “Do not fear” vengeance has been exacted, and this month we celebrate He who took the full blow for us.

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