Isaiah 64:1-9 (NIV)
1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!
3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
you were angry.
How then can we be saved?
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7 No one calls on your name
or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have given us over to our sins.
8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
for we are all your people.
In this season of Holy anticipation, we are graced with the Holy Scriptures. The prophets give us great insight on how we are to anticipate the coming of Christ, with a twist. The twist is that the prophets are prophesying for the first coming of a Messiah. Because we have the revelation of the scriptures, we know that Christ did come, we know that he died and resurrected on the third day, and we know that he will one day come again. This is the Second Advent. We remember this promise during these four weeks and as I said, reading the prophets can get us in a spirit of holy anticipation in quite a hurry.
“Advent reverses the tired cliché of Christmas, “The Reason for the Season,” by offering us a “Season for the Reason.” –J.D Walt
Matt Maher does a great arrangement of this hymn, listen to it and rejoice!
Greg Reffner is a sophomore at Southwestern College majoring in Religion and Philosophy.
This post is the second in a series of posts written by the chapel team at our partner institution, Southwestern College. Follow their weekly journey from Advent to Ephiphany, here.