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Hope of the Prophets

Sun, Nov 29, 2020
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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. -- Isaiah 9:6–7 (ESV) The characters of the Advent story are familiar. You have the unsuspecting shepherds who would be confronted with the annoucement of the angels. There are the mysterious wisemen who came carrying gifts and seeking a king. You have the gracious step-father of Jesus, Joseph who cared for the woman he loved. Then there is Mary, who miraculously carrieded the son of God in her womb. All of these characters surround Jesus in our nativity scenes worshiping the Christ Child. There is one group that does not make it into those scenes, but they lurk in the shadows of each retelling of the story. Without them the backdrop of the story is blank. They fill in the significance of this anticipated event. Who are these characters? The prophets foretold the coming of one that would come to rescue His people from slavery. They told of one that would come in the spirit of Moses as a deliverer. They told of one who would be the true son of David. This week we begin our celebration of Advent by considering these prophets and the hope they present of a coming deliverer.
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