For Sunday, December 9
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Isaiah talks about the peaceable kingdom. Lions and lambs together, and everyone stays alive. The Psalm is about justice, and the Romans passage concludes with this great line: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
It’s all good stuff, but I only have eyes for the Matthew passage, John the Baptist. John the Baptist, the long desired child of Elizabeth and Zechariah.
John the Baptist, by Trina Zelle
Don’t you just love John the Baptist? Wow. Here is a guy who is able to be exactly who God created him to be. He doesn’t worry about what people think. John lives what Jesus has to remind all of us to do- he doesn’t worry about what is going to happen tomorrow, he lives the truth as best he can in each and every day. He wasn’t perfect. He was honest, with himself and with those who came to hear him preach.
This is what Frederick Buechner writes about John in his book
John the Baptist comes to tell us to repent and prepare. How do we do that in our world?
How do you preach John the Baptist in a way that creates opportunity rather than discouragement?
I only have eyes for John the Baptist, but maybe one of the other text piques your interest.
What are your thoughts for this week?