“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”
Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Father Michael Cupp pointed out in his sermon on Sunday that what is spoken of in Luke 3:1-6, taken from Isaiah’s prophecy, is about peace and security, as we can see from King Hezekiah’s thought. God’s salvation in King Jesus is about a peace and security which is promised when “the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.” As Luke puts it:
And all people will see God’s salvation.
There is no question that we long for peace and security, and the comfort which we believe only God can bring. We can being to experience this now, and we will in and through Jesus. But sometimes, as was the case of Israel, the journey there is bumpy and bereft of this peace. The missing link as is evident in Luke from the message of John the Baptist is repentance. Which simply means life lived in a new direction through the forgiveness of one’s sins so that one is praying and waiting for God’s salvation in his kingdom come in King Jesus.
Just as Israel of old experienced comfort from God at a certain point, so we in Jesus as God’s people are to experience the same now. In the peace and security that is a part of being God’s children even in this world with all its difficulties and dangers, yes even tragedies. God’s salvation is made known to us in Jesus, a salvation which begins now and is as big as all of life, even the life of the world. Part of the Advent promise from God that we have, to be completely fulfilled when King Jesus returns.