December 17, 2017
There was a very moving video online, not long ago, of a wounded soldier standing for the first time on his prosthetic leg. The young man, who served in the Third Infantry Division, had been severely wounded by an IED in Afghanistan. He had lost one leg below the knee; the other had been injured, but the doctors had been able to save it. After months of treatment, the day finally arrived for him to attempt to stand for the first time. Surrounded by doctors and physiotherapists, he waited patiently while the prosthetic was fitted and the supports for his remaining leg checked. And then, the moment came. He hoisted himself from his chair and stood, shakily, by himself. Spontaneously, the entire room burst into applause. A huge grin crossed his face and then, realizing the enormity of the occasion, he began to sob. Soon, everyone had tears running down their faces. He had a long road ahead, but he was going to be able to walk again. If the relief had been a rag you could have rung it out! It was a day to remember.
One of the promises in the book of the prophet Isaiah is that the Messiah, when He comes, will restore creation. The desert will burst into bloom; the blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will leap like a deer. The ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing.
Today, we celebrate the God who keeps His promises. We know this, because He has kept them in Christ.