Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.” God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. And it is he who says, “I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will take you by the hand and guard you, and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations. You will open the eyes of the blind.”

Isaiah 42:1-6

 

I love Christmas lights! Lights on trees, lights on homes, lights in towns and cities, really it doesn’t matter where they are, I just love Christmas lights. Some of my absolute favorite lights are in the small town of Robesonia. If you’ve driven through the town during the Christmas season, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Every year the town of Robesonia hangs old colored lights over the entire stretch of 422 for drivers to admire as they travel the length of this small community. The colored lights dazzle for all to see and declare the season of Christmas has arrived.

Light has a way of drawing our attention, of pulling us in and causing us to stare in amazement at its splendor. The prophet Isaiah, in being inspired by God to speak to his people of the coming of Christ, spoke of the One who would come as a gentle and humble servant, one that would not raise his voice or crush the weak but rather would bring justice and live as a light to guide the nations.

In coming as a child, Christ came to bring justice and a new covenant so that his people could be made right before their Father. Justice and a covenant for the Jewish people, justice and a new covenant for all people who would see his everlasting light shine and have their spiritual blindness healed. This Advent season our eyes can focus on many different lights: Christmas lights, tree lights, street lights, and much more. Maybe this Advent the light that needs to be front and center is that Light that came to bring you true sight.

“Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see”