What does the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, look like? This coming Sunday’s Old Testament reading gives us the portrait, not of a military conqueror, master statesman or cosmic superhero, but rather of a servant — a servant dedicated to drawing all of God’s wayward children back into the divine embrace…even when it’s difficult; even when it’s not popular; even when it’s not always obvious that God’s Reign has broken through into our world.
Witnesses to God’s inbreaking give us the eyes to see it. Our Sunday Psalm reading is the psalmist’s grateful testament to God’s saving power. Our Gospel lesson relates John the Baptizer’s witness that Jesus is the expected Messiah, and the chain of events that lead future Apostles to “come and see” for themselves. And Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth gives us a snapshot of Christ’s followers in community — not a perfect community by any means, but one where, as Paul points out in his salutation, “God things” are happening.
Lots of meaty sermon-worthy material here. If we were to “come and see” you at the pulpit this coming Sunday, what would we find?