Grass Withers

Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Mark 1:1-8

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

 

Isaiah gives us some good news—grass withers. When we couple that with the earlier statement that humans are grass, that does not give us much comfort. But read closely.

God says to Judah that their 70 years of punishment is over. The power of Babylon may be great on earth, but it is of humans, and humans are grass—grass withers.

We also live in a world where terrible and powerful people rule over others in brutal ways. Even in the United States, we have had such rulers. Witness Al (Scarface) Capone in Chicago. Nearly every President has had people who considered them to be brutal rulers; Lincoln perhaps the worst in the minds of the most people.

In every case, the grass withers. Comfort, oh comfort My peopleJSB

God wants us to remember His Mercy. We will suffer the results of evil, but God is always in our midst. We will be carried away, but God will never leave us. Clear in the desert a road for the Lord!… The Presence of the Lord shall appear. JSB

God, through Isaiah, promised that He would walk on earth and that a messenger would prepare the way for Him. At that time, He did not specify that He would come in the form of a human, that He would take the form of the Son of God. Nor did He say that the messenger would be an earthly relative, one John bar Zechariah (Yochanan bar Z’kharyah), cousin to Jesus bar Joseph (Yeshua bar Yosef). Nor did God hint at the absence of any DNA from Joseph in the body of Jesus. We cannot say as certain that any of Mary’s DNA was or was not in his body. It seems likely that God provided the complete egg and that Mary was a surrogate mother. Either way, Jesus was born in the same way that most of us are born—through intense pain and blood.

There is a beauty in that—that Jesus entered our world in much the same way he left it. He experienced all the pain we experience, and he willingly paid the bill for all that suffering, giving us a future life of joy and comfort.

 

Read my earlier comments on this theme here.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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