December 17, 2023

Come and Save Us


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Come and Save Us: Love

Message Outline

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 (NIV)

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

  because the Lord has anointed me

  to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

  to proclaim freedom for the captives

  and release from darkness for the prisoners,

2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

  and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

  instead of ashes,

the oil of joy

  instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

  instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

  a planting of the Lord

  for the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins

  and restore the places long devastated;

they will renew the ruined cities

  that have been devastated for generations.

8 “For I, the Lord, love justice;

  I hate robbery and wrongdoing.

In my faithfulness I will reward my people

  and make an everlasting covenant with them.

9 Their descendants will be known among the nations

  and their offspring among the peoples.

All who see them will acknowledge

  that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”

10 I delight greatly in the Lord;

  my soul rejoices in my God.

For he has clothed me with garments of salvation

  and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,

as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,

  and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up

  and a garden causes seeds to grow,

so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness

  and praise spring up before all nations.

  • The Tension and Expectation in Isaiah

“restore the places long devastated” (v. 4)

  • The Year of the Lord’s Favor (Isaiah 61, John 1:6-9, Luke 4:16-30)

good news to the poor

the brokenhearted

captives and prisoners

  • God’s Justice and Love at Advent (Luke 1:52-54)

“For I, the Lord, love justice”

“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, 

when the kings and princes are home, 

when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, 

to heal the broken, 

to feed the hungry, 

to release the prisoner, 

to rebuild the nations, 

to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.”

- Howard Thurman, “The Work of Christmas”