Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Light three candles…begin your prayer time by lighting the first two purple candle, the Hope and Peace candles…and light the rose or pink candle…the Joy Candle.
Read John 1: 19-34
…and [John] declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Today, we visit with John again. John a man who doesn’t keep his mouth shut. John a man who not only says what he means – he says it to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter their stature. John clearly has a big personality and draws a great deal of attention and followers. Bible time Tweeting or YouTubing would have made John a millionaire. People would totally be “smasing” his like button. Big voice. Big preacher. Interesting to look at. Dresses extravagantly. Saying things that cause people to pause. They want him to be “somebody” important. They want a Messiah. They want a hero. They are ready, and this guy…this loud and opinionated guy seems to fit the bill. They are drawn to him.
There are people in the world who receive notoriety for “their personality,” often despite any skills or lack thereof. Sadly, human nature draws us to them. We watch them on reality shows, and want to be like them. We give them important roles. We envy them. We follow them. And let’s be honest, we get something out of it. We get to live out a dream through them. They “get something out of it” too. They get attention and money and fame. When asked, “Who are you,” they can go on and on about themselves.
Not John. John is approached and asked, “dude, who the heck are you?” He understands what they want from him. He wants it too – A Messiah. A hero. A Saviour. But he doesn’t exploit his new popularity or mess around or dance around the truth. “I am NOT the Messiah.” I have been called to tell you that the Messiah is here. I was literally born to prepare the way for the Messiah. But let’s be clear, John says, “I am not even worthy to tie his sandals.”
As Advent continues, day after day, God continues to call the unworthy to testify to the coming of the Messiah. When God sees us, also unworthy to tie the sandals of Jesus, what God sees is Jesus. Jesus came into the world, and sacrificed himself to make us worthy in the sight of God. God made us worthy. God does the work. God does the sending. God does the saving.
God of the Font, you draw us to you at the table and in the waters. You prepared our way through the life and death of your Son, that we might know you and the love you have for us. Keep us connected and grounded in you this Advent season. In the name of the Messiah, your Son. Amen.
Who are the silent heros in your life? Name someone with skills for life who doesn’t flaunt it or take advantage of people because of it. Share with a friend or in the comments below.
About Mitzie…Mitzie Schafer is a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Art in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a concentration in Christian Education and Christian Spirituality. She has been writing curriculum and teaching faith formation for more than ten years. Mitzie’s faith is grounded in the belief that God is the initiator and we are the respondent. That God’s yes is always bigger than our no. That being created in the image of the Creator, makes us by our very nature, creative. And that God LOVES ALL people.
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