14 “The day will come, says the Lord, when I will do for Israel and Judah all the good things I have promised them.
15 “In those days and at that time
I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line.
He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
16 In that day Judah will be saved,
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
And this will be its name:
‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’
Here we are at the beginning of another church year. This will be my fourth time through the church year and I was reminded in an article in Worship Leader Magazine that the church year is not here to be “liturgically correct,” but to help us focus on the centrality of Christ. The church year is built around the life of Christ. This morning we remember what it was like before Christ arrived here on earth. The people in First Century Israel were waiting for the promised Messiah. He would be from the line of David as mentioned here in Jeremiah. The people at that time needed a good dose of hope. I can’t say that it is much different today — people need a good dose of hope. This first week of Advent focuses on the hope that we have in Jesus’ coming. As a reminder the season of Advent is a season of expectation. Not only do we sense the expectation of the coming baby Jesus on Christmas, but it is also a season of preparation for Christ’s second Advent — advent means coming. So we also anticipate his second coming. Some our our selections for worship will reflect that emphasis here on the First Sunday of Advent. We have a hope that Jesus Christ is returning again for his church. We have a hope that Jesus came to earth to die for our sins and rose again to set us free from sin and death. We have a hope that Jesus is coming back, just as He said. I don’t know what you may be going through today — but Jesus came to bring us hope. Set your eyes on that hope.