This blog will include the sermons I have preached as a lay minister with the Anglican Parish of South Queens in the Diocese of NS and PEI in the Anglican Church of Canada. Because my preaching schedule varies, the frequency of postings will vary.
I hope that these sermons will enrich your spiritual life as much as they have enriched mine.
Friday, 2 December 2016
Isaiah 11:1-10 The Best is Yet to Come
those were the good old days!”
many of you have ever said or thought something similar to those words?
about the past always brings up memories, both good and bad. These memories
include kids playing street hockey or climbing trees or making forts or walking
40 miles to school-uphill both ways! The problem with remembering the good old
days is that sometimes they weren’t as good as we think they were!
prophet Isaiah reminds us of the good old days when David ruled a united
Israel, when life was simple in the Garden of Eden, and when God’s people fled
Egypt to find a permanent home. Isaiah tells us that no matter how good the
good times were even better times will happen when Christ returns. In this
season of Advent, we remember both Christ’s birth in the stable in Bethlehem
over 2,000 years ago and his Second Coming. Nothing in the past can be measured
against what is yet to come.
Christ returns, the world will undergo trouble and strife through the Great
Tribulation and the Battle of Armageddon. When Christ returns, not only will he
bring with him the saints who are in heaven, but he will also redeem those
Christians who are alive here on earth. That is what Isaiah means when he
refers to the Messiah as a shoot or twig from Jesse. The Messiah and his
earthly kingdom will grow from the remains of God’s judgment of the people on
Christ returns, the world will be under judgment. Evil will be weeded out and
what is left will be the shoot I just referred to. That shoot will be modest,
just like Jesse, the father of King David, was. What Isaiah means is that the Messiah
will be of the house and lineage of King David, who was the son of Jesse. The
word “stem” refers to a “root-stock” or “stump”. The image of a stump indicates
hope, for out of the stump will come a root or branch; namely, the Messiah.
Isaiah recalls God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7:16 that his descendant
would rule over his kingdom forever.
was empowered by the Holy Spirit, but the Messiah will be more richly empowered
by the Holy Spirit. He will show ideal faithfulness and find deep joy in living
reverently before God. The coming Messiah will be endowed with the Spirit of
the Lord, who provides the wisdom, ability, understanding, counsel, power,
knowledge, peace and allegiance to God that are necessary to accomplish a challenging
task includes transforming the social order and restoring nature to paradise. He
will do what is right in His judgment and what is fair in His decisions. He
will bring justice to the poor, the needy and the wicked. The peace Isaiah
refers to in the animal kingdom mirrors the relief from oppressive injustice
within human society. Isaiah 11:1-10 refers to the 1,000-year rule of Christ on
earth after his second coming, which is also referred to in Revelation 20:4-6.
It is the final earthly chapter in God’s plan to bring earth and its
inhabitants back under his rule. The earth will return to the days of the
Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned.
quotes Isaiah 11:10 in Romans 15:12 to show that salvation is for Gentiles as
well as Jews. The Messiah’s rule will be over all nations. Christ will heal the
hostility between the nations of the world. As I mentioned earlier, He will
allow the remnants of God’s people who are left after the Great Tribulation and
the Battle of Armageddon to return to Him.
the meantime, we must make certain that we are ready for His return, because it
could happen at any time. We can do this by making certain that our lives are a
reflection of what his kingdom here on earth will be. That includes being fair
in our dealings with other people, loving everyone and being honest in
everything we do. Jesus will see our true nature, so it doesn’t make any sense
for us to pretend that we are doing these things.
has been said that the main purpose of the Old Testament prophets was to
afflict the comforted and comfort the afflicted. The reading from Isaiah
11:1-10 is an example of an Old Testament prophet comforting the afflicted. It
gives hope for the future. In this season of Advent, the readings refer to our
need to prepare for Christ’s return-a time when there will be the hope and
peace referred to by Isaiah and the final judgment proclaimed by the apostle
John. In a world full of hurt and pain, Isaiah reminds us that we are children
of God. We as Christians have seen the fulfillment of the hope promised by the
Second Coming, so we can and should proclaim this passage from Isaiah as our
hope for salvation peace to be realized in the future.
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