December 1st, 2019

lindisfarne gospels

From the sermon barrel

Memories of Christmas
Isaiah 11:1-9
First preached November 29, 2015

Christmas approaches, and with it comes a flood of memories, including memories of the promises given in Scripture, such as Isaiah’s here. Israel’s long wait for Messiah was finally rewarded, but nobody much noticed. And we are still waiting for the final outworking of the promises given here – of peace, and reconciliation, and for the earth to be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah references little children several times in this passage, and I believe that God speaks to us even in our childhood – even before we know who it is who is speaking to us – and his word is only later confirmed to be his as we grow up. But part of the promised “knowledge of the Lord” is surely what the Holy Spirit whispers to us even before we know we are hearing it, and some of the lessons we learn in childhood, unbidden, stay with us for the rest of our lives.Collapse )