Jesus calls John the Baptist “Elijah” - the one prophesied who would come to prepare the way for the Messiah. He points us to the very end of time. That’s what we are crying out for during this season of Advent. Lord, come, even now.
Looking for the end of time?
Hoping for green pastures
all that is good and wonderful
finally the Lord will take care of everything
blooms in the wilderness
joy and singing
leaping and rejoicing
deaf shall hear
blind shall see
dead will be raised up
Wait a minute - the dead?
Everybody wants to go to heaven.
We all want the time when all is well
no more shame
no more pain
no more crying
no more dying
Are we ready for God’s judgment?
sin will not survive
When God brings the end of this troubled life, he brings it through death.
How did John the Baptist feel about this?
Are you the Messiah?
What does Jesus do?
healing - with each person he heals he draws closer to his own suffering
forgiving - taking the sin and guilt of the people upon himself
raising the dead - bringing himself to his death
Get ready for that millennial kingdom - Jesus has taken all God’s wrath and judgment upon himself. He gives us the healing, forgiveness, and life that we need.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!