Christ is Our Glory
FRIDAY: First Week of Advent
Christ is Our Glory
Faith in Christ Jesus is the beginning of an eternal love relationship with God. If we are steadfast in the faith, we become heirs of God and coheirs with Christ Jesus. The graciousness of God and Christ are limited to those who believe. St. Paul confirms that all things work together for the good of those who trust in God (Rom.8:22).
The appeal of the two blind men, Jesus’ question and his response in Matthew 9:27-31 all attest to that truth. Once we believe in God and in Christ Jesus, we can ask for anything in the name of the Son and the Father will do it for us (Jn.14:13-14). This is God primary purpose for sending us his Son into the world that all who believe in him will not perish but have eternal life (Jn.3:16).
God’s deliberate plan of salvation is to redeem the world, save humankind and transform the human condition of all those who believe in him (Is.61:1-2; Lk.4:18; 2Chr.7:14). His plan for us is justice and peace (Ps.72:7; Jer.29:11). Blindness of any kind: of the eyes, the mind or the soul will obstruct our true notion of freedom, growth and development.
Under its control, we are all possible victims of injustice and unrighteousness. God forbids that this should be the lot of his children. The Lord himself ordered his servants to bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame (Lk.14:21). With God, no one is excluded from his plan of salvation because of the person’s deficiencies (Is.1:18; Jn.4:5-42). God promised through the Prophet Jeremiah 31:7-9, he would turn our suffering conditions into occasions of joy.
God gives his people hope. He will open our eyes to the wonders of his love for us. However, we must on our own volition, allow the Father and the Son to lead us and take us where we belong in his kingdom. The Father long before the first coming of the Son made the same promise to Israel: the eyes of the blind would see the salvation of God (Is.29:17-18).
Yes! God cooperates with those who love and believe in him. As we await his second coming. It is our opportunity to awake from our slumber, arise from our sleep and see a new day is dawning. God is giving us another chance to recognise our respective myopia. He is giving us another chance to cry out to him for his healing and mercy. Let us not be afraid to ask him to heal us right now. He will. If we give him the chance to heal us of our blindness.
Lord, you are my light and my glory. Open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your love.