Get ready to sing and shout for joy! Let’s clear our throats, stretch our vocal cords, and expand our lungs. We’ve been rehearsing and preparing for a month. Now get ready to sing the Lord’s new song. Advent days allow us to rehearse the joyful music of God’s gracious rule in and through Jesus Christ. We reclaim the lyrics of promise from the Hebrew prophets, and we refresh the melodies embedded within our spiritual consciousness. We practice the songs of redemption individually and in congregations. We warm up for the big day.
In these remaining Advent days, we still watch and wait, ever ready to burst into song at the climactic moment. We are like the sentinels in Isaiah 52:8 who peer toward the mountain horizon, awaiting the runner from the battlefield. The runner, by his very body language, will herald whether the news is good or bad. When the good news comes, the sentinels burst into song!
Advent and Christmas prepare us to bear witness: “Our God reigns.” Jesus Christ bears the good news that God’s battle with sin and death has been won. It’s all over but the shouting. The cleanup is ongoing and will continue until the last days, but as every commemoration of Jesus’ birth dawns, we sing and shout for joy. You might say we are “staying in voice” for God’s salvation crescendo when all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.

Help us see, O God, your coming peace, good news, and salvation. Make us alert and ready to sing the song of your reign through love and justice. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
December 19–25, 2016
Resumen de la Escritura

Ecstasy over the Christmas miracle is the theme that binds this week’s passages together—unrestrained joy over what God has done and over who God is. These texts celebrate a God who reigns in strength. Yet this God is near and immediate, a participant in the human struggle for light and salvation. As worshipers, we join in rejoicing over the coming of the messenger “who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’”(Isa. 52:7). We also celebrate “the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth . . . with righteousness, and . . . equity” (Ps. 98:9). Then the note of immediacy is struck by the focus on what God has done just now, in these “last days,” in which “he has spoken to us by a Son” (Heb. 1:2). The One who was present at creation, the eter- nal Word, “became esh and lived among us” (John 1:14).

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Isaiah 9:2-7. What or who in your life helps you to continue to walk in the world’s darkness?
• Read Psalm 98. How do you discover hope even in the midst of dif cult times for the earth? How does this hope allow you to shout for joy and sing the Lord’s song?
• Hebrews 1:1-12. Advent reminds us of Jesus bridging the gap between God and humanity. How does this reality change the way you experience the world?
• John 1:1-14. Re ect on the incarnation of God in the form of a baby. In what ways does this in uence the way you see and understand God’s nature?

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