“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of December 2-8, 2019: “New Year, New Relationship” …
This past Sunday marked the beginning of both the Season of Advent and a new Church Year. Appropriately enough, the Prophet Isaiah, in our appointed first lesson for the First Sunday in Advent, speaks of a new relationship that we are meant to have with the living God.
Isaiah speaks of this as being connected to the City of Jerusalem upon what He calls “the Mountain of the Lord”. At some point into the future, in the “latter days”, people will stream to this mountain from many nations. There, they will learn of the Lord’s ways and at some point, from there, all conflict upon the earth shall cease (Isaiah 2:1-4).
Seven hundred years later, the prophet’s words would be fulfilled. Upon that mountain where Jerusalem was built, the Savior to come, Jesus Christ, would offer His very life for the sins of the world. From there, He would rise from the dead and ascend into heaven. Then at Jerusalem, on the Day of Pentecost, thousands from many nations would stream into that city and hear of the Good News of Christ and His salvation.
From there, three thousand would believe, be baptized, and continually learn of the Lord’s ways (Acts 2:38-42). From there, the whole House of Jacobthe people of God in Christwill someday witness His return in glory. Then, all earthly conflict shall end and His eternal reign will begin.
As we enter a new Church year and as we await the final fulfillment of Isaiah’s words, we take heed to his words, “O House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:5) May each day of this new Church year, and all of our days to come, be about our walking in the light of the Lord who gives Himself to us as He once said from that “Mountain of the Lord”as “the Way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
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