Monday, December 22, 2008

Advent: Monday, December 22, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

This passage was one of the Lessons read yesterday in our Festival of Lessons and Carols at Ripley FUMC and as I heard it read, something was made to clear to me.  Something I've always believed, but I've never understood it so clearly as I did yesterday. When we see this picture of eternity, we see the lion and lamb, the snake and the child, we see a world of peace, a world were people are not tearing each other down, but things are as they should be. 

We live in a world that is devised.  We live in a world where it is not just enough to disagree with someone, you must defeat them and beat them down.  We live in a world with little peace, in any sense. 

God's desire for us is peace.  Peace in this world, peace in our souls.  May we do all that we can to have that peace our souls, and work towards peace in our workplace, our school, our churches, our community, and our world.  

New Testament Lesson

We see in this passage the point of Revelation.  God wins!  I don't understand all the mysteries, all the symbols, all the other things in this book.  I think that trying to understand every detail of Revelation misses the forrest for the tress. 

The point is this:  God wins!  Let us rejoice in that, and know that God is victorious and will be victorious!  

Gospel Lesson

Jesus came to give testimony to His father, give witness to His father.  And that witness is this.  God is love.  God is hope. God is grace.  God is repetition. God is a second, third, forth, fifth. . . . . chance.  

God is love.  That is what Jesus came to show us.  

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