The Lord alone “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Is. 40:28). Yet, His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His mercy and compassion. “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength” (Is. 40:29). The only begotten Son of the Father, the very Word by whom all things were made, becomes flesh and takes all the poverty and weakness of our sin and death upon Himself, bearing it in His body to the cross. His Word continues to be shared through those whom He has sent, who are “entrusted with a stewardship” to “preach the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:16-17). Thus, we are set free by the Word of Christ, and we exercise our freedom in loving service to others.