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Scripture: Isaiah 2:2
Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.
Insights: With today’s verse we start the season of Advent. The remainder of this week we are going to be looking at three aspects of our hope for our future. As a preliminary comment let me explain Advent for a moment. Advent is the season in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Each week leading up to Christmas day there is a theme on which the sermon and the candle reading/lighting ceremony is centered. Now Advent has two connotations to it. The advent of Jesus’ first coming foretold in the Old Testament, as well as, Jesus’ second coming as mentioned throughout the Bible. This weeks theme is that of hope. It was specifically focused on the hope of a Savior to rescue Israel from their sins. To be fair, however, the Israelites thought this Savior would save them through the establishment of an earthly kingdom that would never end. The truth, however, is Jesus would usher in this aspect of His kingdom at His second Advent. It is this kingdom that our verse today speaks. Jesus’ hoped for kingdom will be for all people who enter into a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus. This truth is an amazingly hoped for reality in the life of a believer. It helps us to put the situations of this world in the proper context. We are able to undergo and endure through all things because we know our residence is secured in Jesus. Beloved, it is my prayer you will join me in changing your perspective and life to such an extent that you begin sharing Jesus’ love and salvation with all people. God’s kingdom is for everyone after all. Let us be busy about reaching them.
1. Do you have hope in a future kingdom?
2. In what ways are you trying to make this kingdom available for all people?
Prayer: Father, thank You for allowing me to be a citizen of Your kingdom. May I be bold in sharing with others about this amazing place in store for my future. As a result of my declarations, may many come to know Jesus the One who grants citizenship to this kingdom. Amen.
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