December 5th, 2014
When the Scriptures speak of God “laying bare” or revealing His “holy arm” it is to display His power in the redemption and deliverance of His people. For instance, God instructed Moses to tell the Israelites, “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment” (Exodus 6:6). God’s power to redeem finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ (see John 12:37-41). Unlike the word given to Moses for Israel the redemption revealed in Jesus Christ is for “all the nations . . . all the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 52:10).
The Lord we discover in this Advent season is the Redeemer of all people for all time. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16). God has laid bare His holy arm and we cry, “Come, Lord Jesus, redeem your people once again.”
Author: Duane C. Brush