Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Painting and Singing

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Painting and Singing

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Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14

Peace, salvation, and the reign of God arrive with beauty (Isaiah 52) and song (Psalm 98). God judges the world with righteousness and equity; humanity is to make a "joyful noise to the Lord" of "song and sung praises." Though violence is woven throughout the Hebrew Testament, the prophets' truths and prophecies continue to inform our lives as Christian peacemakers.

However, the beauty and music only expand when something truly new happens. That new thing is incarnation: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).

"Glory" (or doxa) and its synonym "beauty" color and enlighten the incarnation of God in Jesus of Nazareth. The glory/beauty of revelation carries on in this new covenant, but the violence gives way to the nonviolence of Christ's love. "Long ago God spoke to our ancestors ... by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son. …

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