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Ready? #Advent

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Is this him?
The One we’ve been waiting for?
Is this The One God promised
who would rescue us
and take us home?
Is this God’s Chosen
showing us his ways,
telling us what God would have us do?

We are desperately looking for someone,
so in need of a hand to guide,
a shepherd to lead,
a leader to take us home.

Is he coming?
Shall we still wait?
will he come
and take us,
show us,
live in us?

He is coming.
But in his coming
there will be changes to make,
different ways of thinking
and living.
Generous ways,
selfless acts,
not wanting more
than is yours,
living
and helping others to live too.

Oh yes he is coming –
but are you really ready
for what that will mean?
It’s reality in your life,
what will be asked of you?

Are you ready for him to come?

The theme for the third week in Advent is The Lord’s Anointed.  We look to the one who is to come.

Luke 3:7-18 (CEV)

Crowds of people came out to be baptized, but John said to them, “You bunch of snakes! Who warned you to run from the coming judgment? Do something to show that you really have given up your sins. Don’t start saying that you belong to Abraham’s family. God can turn these stones into children for Abraham. An axe is ready to cut the trees down at their roots. Any tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.”

10 The crowds asked John, “What should we do?”

11 John told them, “If you have two coats, give one to someone who doesn’t have any. If you have food, share it with someone else.”

12 When tax collectors came to be baptized, they asked John, “Teacher, what should we do?”

13 John told them, “Don’t make people pay more than they owe.”

14 Some soldiers asked him, “And what about us? What do we have to do?”

John told them, “Don’t force people to pay money to make you leave them alone. Be satisfied with your pay.”

15 Everyone became excited and wondered, “Could John be the Messiah?”

16 John said, “I am just baptizing with water. But someone more powerful is going to come, and I am not good enough even to untie his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His threshing fork is in his hand, and he is ready to separate the wheat from the husks. He will store the wheat in his barn and burn the husks with a fire that never goes out.”

18 In many different ways John preached the good news to the people.

Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice

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Knowing the Shepherd’s Voice

It seems quite amazing to us, that the people who were around at the time of Jesus couldn’t see what was in front of them.  Here was the Messiah, the one they had been longing for so fervently, living among them, showing them God’s ways.  And yet they couldn’t see it

John 10:22-30

Jesus Is Rejected

22 That winter, Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Temple Festival. 23 One day he was walking in that part of the temple known as Solomon’s Porch, 24 and the people gathered all around him. They said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly!”

25 Jesus answered:

I have told you, and you refused to believe me. The things I do by my Father’s authority show who I am. 26 But since you are not my sheep, you don’t believe me. 27 My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow me, 28 and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others. No one can snatch them from his hands, 30 and I am one with the Father.

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Imagining their questions:

We wanted to know, once and for all.

Who was this man?
He went around saying the things that only God could say
Who does he think he is?
Does he think he’s God?
Is he,
perhaps could he be,
the Messiah?
The one we’ve been waiting for?

But surely we’d know,
it would be obvious,
we wouldn’t have to ask,
oh, I so want to know.
I have to know for myself.

And he starts talking about sheep.
What do I know about sheep?
But then what do I know about God?

I’m not his sheep?
What does that mean?
I don’t know him,
I don’t know his voice
I don’t recognise him amongst the others.

But I can get to know him
follow him,
learn his voice,
his call,
his ways.

Then I will be safe,
find that security
that I long for,
know God,
find some of the answers,
be at one with God

O Lord,
how I long for that.

I come,
I listen,
I rest in the safety
that is you

It’s Not Me

There are always those who believe their own publicity, who get ideas “Well above their station”, or get confused about what really is important.  Cue for example a whole rash of “celebrities”, many of whom are famous for nothing other than wanting to be famous.

There are also those humble souls, who have no concept of how good they are, or how worthwhile what they do is, or how much it helps.

John the Baptist knew exactly who he was – and who he wasn’t.  He understood entirely his place in the scheme of things.

15 Everyone became excited and wondered, “Could John be the Messiah?”

16 John said, “I am just baptizing with water. But someone more powerful is going to come, and I am not good enough even to untie his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His threshing fork is in his hand, and he is ready to separate the wheat from the husks. He will store the wheat in his barn and burn the husks with a fire that never goes out.”

Despite the whisperings beginning among other people, John knew he was not the Messiah.  He knew that his role in it all was to point to the Messiah, not try to be that himself.

How easy it is sometimes to think we can solve problems, we can save the world – and yes we can do our bit, but we are not the Messiah.  Our role, like that of John, is to point people to God, to Jesus and all he can do in and through them.

Lord,

may my life point people to you,

by all I do and say