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sermon & preaching resources for sunday, december 6

sermon and preaching resourcesMalachi 3:1-4, Luke 3:1-6: Initially, looking over the texts, it is easy to hear judgment: “You had better prepare because King Jesus is coming. Kind of like the old bumper sticker: “Jesus is coming; look busy.”

But as I play with the texts, particularly the Old Testament reading and the Gospel reading, I am sensing something more gracious at work in what God is doing. God is coming to us for the purpose of repentance AND refining. And implied in refining is that there is something God must already see that is worth refining.

In spite of our brokenness and imperfections, God wants to come to us and turn us into something even more precious. Could it be that preparation has more to do with removing the roadblocks—giving God a straight shot to our hearts? Allowing God to move in at highway speeds so that the transformation might begin (again)?

In scripture’s scope, wilderness is where people get bewildered and lost. The Israelites worshipped a golden calf. They murmured and grumbled against God. They forgot their way and their ways. That’s what was so unusual about Jesus, right? He went into the wilderness forty days but didn’t become lost and bewildered; right up to the end, he remembers his way and God’s ways.

So this voice that cries out in the wilderness, it, too, is a gracious act from God—his messenger he sends to show the bewildered how lost they have become. And not only does he show them how lost they are, but he provides a way out. What if the road the Cross is the highway in and out of the wilderness? It comes in past the manger and out through the Cross…