Sunday, December 2, 2012

The First Sunday of Advent (Audio)

Advent is a season of anticipation. The Law and the Prophets of old wrote of a time when God would establish His kingdom permanently, speaking of the Messiah, the Savior.

It is good, and important, that though most of us are familiar with the story, that we allow it to speak to us still.

The first Sunday in Advent is expectation and hope. The prophet Jeremiah, nicknamed "The Weeping Prophet" for his often morose tone, spoke the truth at a time when Judah desperately needed to hear it. Yet his message fell largely on deaf ears because he didn't tell the people or Judah's leaders what they wanted to hear. They wanted to believe that Babylon posed no real threat to them, and that God would deliver them and not allow them to be taken into captivity.

It may have been a good thing to hope for, but placing our own expectations on that word can lead us to conclusions that are anything but. Though Jeremiah warned the people that they were facing imminent exile into Babylon, he spoke of the restoration of both Israel and Judah, and that God was going to establish a king from the House of David to rule in righteousness.

Today's sermon, uploaded for you, speaks to that.

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