December 22 - Jesus Comes as the Restorer (Isaiah 61:1-3)
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This Sunday there will be no Sunday School. We will be having coffee and fellowship in the lobby after the first service.
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Maranao of the Philippines.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
Christmas is about a promise made by God to send a servant to restore and make all things new. While Christmas may begin in a humble manger it will end with a glorious king who will gather, restore, rebuild and renew all things to God. We see this in the book of Isaiah. As you have heard, Isaiah speaks about a king that comes in the line of David who will come as a man, but in the strength of the Lord. It is in the end of the book of Isaiah, in the chapters of 60-66 where God promises to restore and renew Zion so that peace and joy fill the hearts of God’s people. To a people on the precise of exile, mourning, ruined and suffering, the promise comes of renewal and restoration fill even the heaviest hearts with joy at the coming of this king. May we ponder, proclaim and prepare for this renewal of all things.
Review and Apply
What has been some of your darkest times this past year? How will God's promise to renew and restore change this on the final day?
What is the good news given to the poor?
What of the four purposes of his being sent (to bind up, to proclaim liberty, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and to comfort those who mourn) appealed to you and why?
How do all these truths lead to 'that he may be glorified'?
What is hardest for you to do? Ponder his great work, proclaim his great gospel or prepare for his great return? Ask someone to pray for you in this.
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