and Ready (2): For Discomfort
Christ Church, Mountain Top, Advent 2
Isaiah 40.1-11, Mark 1.1-8
in title (not “for forgiveness”)
& the Pea
title: Dressed and Ready … For Discomfort
ready for Christmas
the Baptizer’s food and clothes
shall make you odd”
in America, and the power of police
expect – looting and rioting
power, racial profiling
experienced by persons of color
– exercise power, witness to evil
the Baptizer, Isaiah, the Scripture – the pea
grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
pains, things we can’t do
O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her
that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received
from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.
double for all your sins!
the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance
for the forgiveness of sins.
there is one coming, whose coming changes all of this.
Jesus “abolished the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians, on race)
with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness
is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive
to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience
of our Lord as salvation.