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On that Day When You Come Again…
This passage in the 25th chapter of Isaiah, verse 9, is appropriate for the time of the year we are soon to be entering, the Christmas season when we remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Here we encounter part of the prophetic vision of Isaiah concerning the Messiah who had been promised from of old. It is a joyous proclamation of what it will be like when the Lord comes to save his people. This is an apocalyptic vision of what is to come. Isaiah says, “It will be said on that day, ‘This is the One we have been waiting for. It is he who will bring about our salvation.” For Isaiah, this was still something to be devoutly wished and prayed for. The Lord, the savior had not yet come. But Isaiah is clear as to what that coming will mean. “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast...And he will swallow up...the covering (the veil) that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations...He will swallow up death forever...and will wipe away tears from all faces...the reproach of his people he will take away from the earth.” (verses 6-8) But Isaiah understood that this coming of the Messiah was something to also be lived for. The attitude of “waiting” here is not to be understood as a passive waiting. There was the matter of living in accord with the Commandments, of taking care of the poor, the widow, and the orphan. One must wait in justice and peace, in order to be not only ready for the arrival of the Messiah, but to be worthy of being saved. As Christians, we read this passage in a way that Isaiah…