Followers of John were paying close attention to everything Jesus was doing throughout the land. One day, these followers decided to visit John in prison and tell him everything they had seen.
The story ends with Jesus inviting Nicodemus out of the darkness. He didn’t need to approach Jesus in darkness or use the cover of night to hide what he was doing.
She involved Jesus whether or not he was ready to be involved. That’s what good mom’s do right? Without his permission, she tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do putting Jesus on the spot.
And the miracle of it all, God was in the flesh walking with us. Suffering with us. Celebrating with us. Sharing life with us. Being with us.
God has made a promise. You don’t have to live in exile. You can live in the covenant of love that never ends. God is inviting us to more.
Yahweh reveals to Ezekiel that the breath of Yahweh can bring life to these dry bones.
God didn’t rescue them from the fire. God joined them in the fire. God walked with them in the fire.
Even in displacement and exile, our role as people of God is to be light in the wastelands. That is resurrection power.
But Isaiah prophesies. A child will be born. A Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty King, an Everlasting Father. The Prince of Peace himself. When he comes, darkness will flee. Clothing and weapons used for war will be repurposed to bring life instead.
One thing is absolutely clear about this story. You cannot fully love God without loving people. This is what Jesus means when he says he desires mercy, not sacrifice.