Isaiah 3:8-15 “The Lord rises to argue his case.” Advent reminds us that God does not stand aloof; God enters the fray; God stands up for his people. The incarnation is proof that God takes our case, the Lord is our advocate.
“The Lord alone will be exalted…the idols shall utterly pass away.” There are so many voices that call us, demanding our attention and allegiance; things like status, possessions, or appearance to name a few. Advent reminds us that all these acquisitions are temporary and unsatisfying. The Lord alone remains and fulfills.
This one’s a bit choppy, but I believe a good word. Today, you and I don’t use swords and spears to defend ourselves, or to get what we want from another, but we do have a tool that is sharp, cutting and as deadly as a sword…our words.The coming of the Messiah transforms our swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.
When you look around at the dark and lostness of this world, Advent reminds us that there is a final chapter to be written, one where God restores justice and righteousness. This chapter is being written today, in your life and through your life into the world.