The Best Christmas Ever…? Redemption for the Weary
Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Best Christmas Ever…?
We are just a little over a week away from Christmas Day! Certainly there are still things to be done, events to be attended and preparations to be made! Or perhaps we have everything done and we wonder, “Will this Christmas season be different than the last?” This week, we go to Isaiah 40:1-9. These are beautiful words – the first part of this scripture is found in Handel’s Messiah. It tells us plainly that, “Yes! Things can be different!” This is the power of redemption. In the sermon series, “The Best Christmas Ever…?” we focus on the sermon, “Redemption for the Weary.” Many of us find ourselves weary because of a variety of reasons: for some, it is the frantic activity, but for others, it is the longing for life to be different. This passage gives us great hope that our worn-out spirits can find renewed strength, and it shows us how to find it! As you read these words, take a few moments and listen to Handel’s “Every Valley” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCLUhVkCoPE), and know that the Christ child comes to lead us to a place of great fullness and hope! Isaiah 401-9: Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” 6 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” 9 You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” (NIV)