Redeemer West Side Update
This year during Advent we are reflecting on the words of the prophets whose words were the last ones recorded before 400 years of silence (Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi). Yesterday we reflected on the hope celebrated during Advent which one writer summarizes as a state of heart and mind “that asserts the goodness of life in the face of its limits, one that can’t be defeated by adversity.”
The prophets lived in a time in history when exiles returned to a city reduced to rubble. Yet those people were propelled by the belief that God would one day bring about a city without walls (Zechariah 2:4). This is a hope rooted in the desire for what is humanly impossible and the gracious promise and power of God who will make all things new. As Fleming Rutledge writes:
The hope that we meet coming toward us in Advent is the hope that lies beyond any possible good news that could arise out of the human situation. It must come to us out of the future of God or not at all.
In a world that is so often reduced to the rubble of cynicism, tribalism and indifference, the church celebrates the hope of a light that has broken into darkness and awaits the consummation the promise of a future without walls.
While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’ — Zechariah 2:3-5
Rev. David Bisgrove
Redeemer West Side Senior Pastor
To see more details about each service, such as childcare, visit westside.redeemer.com/advent
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