12/15 - "Comfort, comfort My people, says your God." (Isaiah 40:1 -
ESV) God's instructions to Isaiah years ago are the same as today.
today, God's servants are called to comfort God's people. But the
comfort can only come after God's servants have pointed out to God's
people their sins of thought, word, and deed. When humbled by the Law,
God's people can then be comforted by the sweet news of the Gospel -
God's forgiving love!
12/16 - "The Lord hath done
great things for us; whereof we are glad." (Psalm 126:3 - KJV) This is the response of God's people after hearing the good news from
God's servants that our sins have all been forgiven - covered by the
blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
12/17 - "The
Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to
bring good news to the poor." (Isaiah 61:1a - ESV) The faithful
servant of God recognizes the important role to which God has called him
- to bring good news (the Gospel) to God's people - the "poor"
(not in wealth, but in spirit - the humble). A task, a privilege, that
should never be taken lightly.
"Moreover, it is required of stewards (caretakers, ministers) that they
be found trustworthy. (I Cor. 4:2 - ESV) A minister is not called
by God to be one of His servants for personal glory or acclaim. They
are called to bring glory to God by proclaiming His message to His
people - Law and Gospel; sin and grace - thereby enabling God's people
to eventually be comforted.
12/19 - "Blessed is
the one who does not fall away on account of Me." (Matt. 11:6 - NIV) No one likes to hear about their sins. But unless we are told about
our sins, we will never realize our need for a Savior, who forgives
those sins. Don't give up on God when His Servants tell you about your
sins. Keep listening for
the sweet words of the Gospel - and take comfort!