December 7 - Isaiah 61:1-4
v.2 “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;”
Revenge is magnetic. When one of our sons has been wronged by his brother, you can count on the Third Law of Brotherly Motion: every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. Push for a push and a yell for a yell. “Where are you? I’m going to get you!”
This passage from Isaiah forms the basis of Jesus' inaugural address at the outset of his public ministry (Luke 4:17-21). The coming of Christ is the year of the LORD's favor and extraordinarily also the day of vengeance of our God.
Our gracious Lord did not take revenge according to God's own holy and just law which we have broken, though it would have been his right to do so. Instead, Christ disarmed the powers and principalities that held us in bondage - Sin, Death, and the Devil.
The greatest revenge God can take is to bind up the brokenhearted and unbind those held captive by the adversaries of God. This is the Gospel and it is even more magnetic than revenge, for it is the power of God to save.
God of Vengeance, you came into our world to defeat the forces of darkness once and for all. In baptism your vengeance is complete, as you put us to death as Sinners and raise us up as Saints. We praise you for your unmerited favor! Amen.