HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE
Friday, December 4
Rev. Lyndsay Lee Slocum, Senior Associate Pastor at Roswell Presbyterian Church
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. - Luke 1:31-32
In this passage, the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and told her that she was going to bear a son and he would be great. And not just your regular, ordinary kind of great. But he is going to be the son of the most high. He will reign forever and of his kingdom there will be no end. That is quite a promise!
And when this angel is speaking to Mary, I want you to hear these words and know that the promise is to you too. This is your King. And this King that has been born of Mary loves you and cares for you. And this King that is so interested in you is the Son of the Most High and he will reign forever and there is literally never going to be an end to his reign. There is nothing that will separate you from the love of this one because there is NEVER going to be an end to his reign. Never. This is a promise for you. That is why we celebrate this Advent season because we have been given a promise that will transform our world and our very lives forever and ever. This promise that is given to Mary is given to us.
And so let me offer to you one of the greatest gifts of this passage - hope. We do not need to function as people who have not heard the promise. We do not have to find ourselves trapped in our burdens and things that hold us hostage, because we have hope. We have a savior who is king and will reign forever. When all is said and done it is our Lord and King who will still be sitting on that throne. All others will be defeated. So we have hope. We can rest in the fact that just because we are not in control, it doesn't mean things are out of control. We can know that our stress and overwhelmedness and fear will not rule the day. They are not strong enough to shackle us down. We are people who are loved and cared for and have a king who is son of the most high. We live in hope and act in hope and rejoice in hope. Thanks be to God.
God of hope and glory, remind us today that you are in control, that you desire to be our king and reign in our lives. Amen