Isaiah 2:1-5 – Advent – “Hope”
Isaiah sees the church as our Lord’s temple built on a high mountain.
In Advent, we await the birth of the Christ child as the recollection of a past event, of a birth that happened over 2000 years ago: and a celebration that will happen - is beginning to happen: Right Now.
- This past event has great significance in the present.
- We await the future - a special future: we await the unveiling of the reign of God.
- We await a time that Isaiah, and Jesus, and Paul describe as a time of judgement.
- We await a time of judgement and a time of salvation, the time of Christ's return.
"Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord" says Isaiah, "Stay awake, be alert", says Jesus.
Advent is not…
- just about preparing for Christ's coming as a child from the past.
- just about preparing for Christ's coming as the righteous king in the future.
- about preparing for Christ's coming in our lives - today.
Knowing about Jesus won’t save anyone.
Bring them to the mountain of the Lord’s temple.
Bring them to be baptized, forgiven, fed, taught.
Bring them to the place of Worship, where together we learn how to be forgiven for Jesus’ sake
"Let the peace of Christ rule (referee) in your hearts," Col 3:15).
Open the doors to the secret places.
Let the Lord who knocks come in and dine with you.
Don’t be late and miss Christmas!