What is happening in our world disturbs me. I watch the news - and day after day people kill each other and abuse each other. Violence, hatred, war and greed. In the streets people die for lack of food, clothing, and shelter. People kill and are killed for drugs, shootings, and suicide. In homes - child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse.

Modern technology makes my anxiety worse. Digital technology and satellites bring live images unedited from all over the world right into our living rooms. When we see people dying in war on the other side of the world we cannot say, “That is over. This is history I am watching.” People are actually killing and dying. We heard their cries.

“Someone, do something!” But what would I do. I have no voice. I am helpless. So, I cry to the only one who would do something, and I say, “God, do something.” A lot of us felt the same way on September 11th 2001 as we watched the twin towers fall, and as we watch the troubles of our world; as we hear wars and terrorism.

So, that is exactly how the prophet Isaiah felt. He had seen Israel decline spiritually and politically. God had intended Israel to be a holy people called to bless the nations. But the people drifted away from God. They worshipped idols. They committed acts of injustice and hatred to one another and forgot the holiness of God.

They declined as a nation when they left God. In the beginning God had made Israel strong and great, but by Isaiah’s day they had grown weak. The northern part of Israel fell to an invading army. What left of Israel was under the rule of a foreign government. So, how could Israel be God’s holy people, doing justice, mercy, blessing the nations, if a pagan king was telling them what to do?

Isaiah remembered God’s mighty acts of salvation in the past. God had brought Israel out of captivity with a mighty hand. God had led them through the wilderness - feeding them bread from heaven. God made them a strong nation. But the people turned from God and it seemed that God was going to let them fall into slavery again.

So, the prophet turned to God and said, “I wish you would tear open heaven and come down.” In the past prophets had only asked God to look down and see what was happening. This request was very new. As Isaiah surveyed the trouble he realized how hopeless things were. Somebody had to do something and God was the only one who could. So, he cried for God to come down and make it right again.

Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent means “coming.” Christmas is coming. We also remember that Christ is coming. In Advent we remember the comings of Christ. Jesus came to Bethlehem in the past. He comes by the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts in the present. He will come again on clouds of glory. Jesus came to Bethlehem was God’s answer to Isaiah’s prayer. God tore open heaven - personally sending Christ to make things right.

That is what Christmas is all about. God coming to dwell in our midst bring healing to broken lives. Jesus healed the sick, loved the unloved, ate with sinners and told them of God’s holiness. He brought good news and freedom to the poor and oppressed. And he died to bring forgiveness to the sinners of the world.

When I see the pain around us and I say, “Somebody must to do something.” The good news of the Christmas Season is that God did something about it. God in Christ came to earth to make what was wrong right. God is still among us with the Holy Spirit healing the sick, freeing the oppressed, making the broken people whole again. And Christ will come again to make all things right.

As Christmas approaches, look at the world. See the pain, the brokenness, the loneliness, the lostness, the poverty around you. Don’t just throw your arms up in disgust when you see these situations that the world is in. Remember that Jesus came to do something about it.

Instead of throwing your arms up in disgust, throw them up to God. And God, the Almighty in the flesh will respond to your prayers. God did it for Isaiah, and we celebrate that fact every year. God will also do it for you! Shalom and Amen!

 

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Jesus healed the sick, loved the unloved, ate with sinners and told them of God’s holiness. He  brought good news and freedom to the poor and oppressed. And he died to bring forgiveness to the sinners of the world.

Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent means “coming.” Christmas is coming. We also remember that Christ is coming. In Advent we remember the comings of Christ. Jesus came to Bethlehem in the past. He comes by the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts in the present. He will come again on clouds of glory. Jesus came to Bethlehem was God’s answer to Isaiah’s prayer. God tore open heaven - personally sending Christ to make things right.

That is what Christmas is all about. God coming to dwell in our midst bring healing to broken lives. Jesus healed the sick, loved the unloved, ate with sinners and told them of God’s holiness. He brought good news and freedom to the poor and oppressed. And he died to bring forgiveness to the sinners of the world.

When I see the pain around us and I say, “Somebody must to do something.” The good news of the Christmas Season is that God did something about it. God in Christ came to earth to make what was wrong right. God is still among us with the Holy Spirit healing the sick, freeing the oppressed, making the broken people whole again. And Christ will come again to make all things right.

As Christmas approaches, look at the world. See the pain, the brokenness, the loneliness, the lostness, the poverty around you. Don’t just throw your arms up in disgust when you see these situations that the world is in. Remember that Jesus came to do something about it.

Instead of throwing your arms up in disgust, throw them up to God. And God, the Almighty in the flesh will respond to your prayers. God did it for Isaiah, and we celebrate that fact every year. God will also do it for you! Shalom and Amen!

Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9