Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bethany Bullet - December 16, 2014

In the 61st chapter of Isaiah we are told that The Lord is coming and bringing with Him a gift of clothing.  Remember that Classic Christmas movie Home Alone?  Kevin thought a check was better than a sweater.  Most kids, adults too probably, do. 

Yet The Lord is bringing not just any kind of clothing but, the garment of salvation, a robe of righteousness. 
Three things we learn from Isaiah:

1st.  God is good with you on account of Jesus.  God does not see you as a potential partner nor future friend.  Here and now, covered in the mercy and grace of Jesus, clothed in Christ, God sees you as perfect, pure and holy!  He is good with you for the sake of Christ.

2nd. Feel free to take a good look at yourself!  Advent is a season of joy and hope, yet it is also a season of penitence.  And as we repent of the guilt that gowns us, the shame that is our suit, the weakness and wretchedness that is our natural wardrobe we are wonderfully aware that God covers us in Christ righteousness, this we have put on in baptism, and so hope and joy are ours.

3rd.  See to the good of others because God is good with you.  Here and now seek to serve others seeing them as The Lord himself does.

-Pastor Kevin Kritzer


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