Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)
God himself became our salvation. God himself became human – fully God, yet fully human – when Jesus was born. These words, this fact, brings me such deep peace that I can barely begin to describe it – and I use words for a living, I communicate for a living.
But there is a peace that passes understanding and that’s what I’m talking about here. And it’s ok if words fail me. Because my heart, my spirit, knows this peace.
This peace has seen me through many troubling times. It has come to me in the moments of my greatest despair. It has come to me in moments when I was so afraid I thought my heart might beat right out of my chest. It has seen me through the good days and the very, very bad. And everything in between.
There’s a movie I love that starts with these words, “When ever I start to feel gloomy about the state of the world, I think of the arrival gate at Heathrow Airport…” The narrator goes on to describe that love is found as friends and family meet at the arrival gate.
Well, friends, whenever I start to feel gloomy about the state of the world, I turn to words written down thousands of years ago…I read what those words say about my salvation, and the one who bought it with his death and Resurrection. And I find peace.
May these words speak to you throughout Advent – may you hear the words about Jesus and may you come to know him better and may you find peace. For he is our salvation.