Video 3:18December 09, 2019Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13;
The temple was never designed to bring life. It was God in the temple that brings life. But now it's Jesus, God made flesh, that will be the glory of Israel, a light to the Gentiles, the Messiah who brings life.
Take down the mountains. Lift up the plains. Smooth out the rough spots. Make it easy for God's arrival because God is bringing good news, his Kingdom. His rule and reign will set everything straight. It will make all things new again. God will restore that which has been lost. His gentleness will restore their souls.
But Isaiah prophesies. A child will be born. A Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty King, an Everlasting Father. The Prince of Peace himself. When he comes, darkness will flee. Clothing and weapons used for war will be repurposed to bring life instead.