All Shall See God’s Salvation

By Kris Judd of Kansas City, Missouri, USA

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius…the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”  Luke 3:1–6

During late 2010, many people became involved in or captured by the movement of random acts of culture taking place around the USA. This movement started as a flash mob in a Pennsylvania shopping mall at the end of October, with 650 people singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Later, the same chorus appeared in my city. While not all who were there were Christians, it was apparent the experience moved many. A reporter commented that at the end of the piece, he saw one woman cover her eyes and weep.

After attending a decade or more of Messiah performances at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Missouri, I had a powerful experience myself during the “Hallelujah Chorus.” As we stood, I looked behind me and saw more than 3,500 people standing and singing, “And He shall reign forever and ever.” I became aware of the scripture that “one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess” God.

My experience may not have been the experience of the other listeners. The experience of God’s salvation can come to each of us in different ways, yet the source of salvation remains the same. I do believe that one day everyone will experience God’s salvation. I dare not predict the manner in which it will take place, or the timing in another’s life. I only trust the words of the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel writers.

They understood the power of Christ’s love can transform anyone and everyone.

Prayer for Peace:

Transforming God, we kneel and confess our separation from you. Surprise us with random acts of diverse culture that unify us for peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Offering Blessings of Community

Receive and share blessings of community. Begin with a prayer for your network of relationships. See and feel connections with family, spiritual friends, congregation, community, and God’s creatures. What blessings flow to you? Go deeper each day as you embrace the call to bless and be blessed.

Peace Covenant:

In my life, God, I will prepare the way of the Lord. I will open my eyes to see your salvation.

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