Bread – Visions

December 24, 2014

Readings for Wednesday, December 24, 2014, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Isa. 35:1-10, 59:15b-21; Rev. 22:12-17, 21; Phil. 2:5-11; Luke 1:67-80; Psalms 45,46,89:1-29


In today’s readings, we swirl around a combination of images of existing reality and visions of future reality. Both convey the meaning of Christmas, the welcoming of Christ the King as incarnate among men as man, with an eye to His coming to earth in history and His coming to earth in the future — the “magic” of the season, grounded in past and present reality and future promise.

Rather than comment on Scripture on this day of expectation, let me let God through His Word speak Himself:

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad … They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy….

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness….the redeemed shall walk there.

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads …” Isa. 35:1-10 (part)


’Behold, I am coming soon, bringing My recompense with Me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’…

‘I, Jesus, …am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.’


…And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires to take the water of life without price.”

He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’” Rev. 22:12,16-17, 20

Our reading from Revelation today ends a particular way and so, then, so do I: “Amen. Come Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” Rev. 22:20b-21


I would change this one little way and this is my prayer for us this Christmas: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with us all. Amen.”

Merry Christmas!


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