The time is near.
Can you feel it?
A bursting-forth of new life, of fulfillment of ancient prophecy, of cosmic change and geographical shifting, of the realization of a plan established in eternity past…
It’s a birth. A whole new reality. This will change the way you sleep and eat and think and live. Forever. And it’s close. Her sounds are changing. She’s bearing down.
There’s a moment, in childbirth, when gears shift and sounds change and intensity builds. The baby is pressed into the birth canal. It’s often called “transition.” My wife calls it “transformation.” Change is fully-engaged, lunging forward. There’s no turning back, now. Life is coming hard and strong.
Isaiah sees the Messiah. He comes as a warrior-champion. He is painted for war, brave-hearted, muscles flexed and hungry for battle. He will set free those imprisoned in darkness. His voice will roar victory above the chaos.
And so He comes, this warrior-king, through blood and water, waging the war that will defeat death itself, a newborn baby, born in a barn.
[ based on Isaiah 42:10-16 ]