The Coming King: Good News for the Least
The Bible speaks of the birth of Jesus as the coming of a king. In doing so, it describes the kind of king he will be. But the promise of a coming king is also the promise of a coming kingdom. Many of the Old Testament passages in which we see a foreshadowing or a direct prophecy of the coming of Jesus give an indication of the kind of kingdom over which he will reign. Those passages are almost as much about the characteristics of the coming kingdom as they are about the coming king.
This Advent we will be looking at the Coming King and at the good news that his coming kingdom has for the marginalized people of the world. We will reflect on four passages which announce the nature of the kingdom the promised king is coming to establish, and we will see that it is good news for those who usually come last in society.
We will begin (Dec 1) with Isaiah's prophecy of the birth of a child in Isaiah 9:2-7.
and the government will be on his shoulders...
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me...
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
On the third Sunday of Advent (Dec 15), we will examine Jesus' own announcement of his coming kingdom in Luke 4:14-30.
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's
It is also common in Advent to look forward to the Second Coming of Christ. So,
Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
Our Advent series will end with each of these threads of the Coming King and the Coming Kingdom being drawn together and declared as good news in the evening services on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). This Christmas Eve message will be suitable for you to bring anyone along to hear.
Pick up some invitation cards at Connection Point and in the Narthex and invite someone to church this advent season!