December 14, 2020

Isaiah 61:6 And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.

Priests have gotten a bad name lately because of the sex scandals in the Catholic church, but one of the things the Reformers made a point of is something called the priesthood of all believers. In Isaiah’s day the priests were from a specific ancestry and took turns doing the daily and special services and sacrifices in the Temple. His picture of the future is a time when all the people “will be called priests of the Lord,” that is, they will all be able to connect anyone with God. Christians believe we can all do this because it is God who reaches out to humanity in Jesus. The baby we celebrate at Christmas is the one who, through his spirit, changes our hearts and works through us to help others connect with him. Christmas is not just about what God does for us in Jesus but what God will do through us because of Jesus. How is God preparing you to be used this Christmas? 


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