When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.
Psalm 126:1-3 ESV
The Lord has restored the fortunes of Zion in Jesus Christ. Much better than those who have woken up from a “too good to be true” dream are those who have been really and truly justified by the life, death and resurrection of the Son of Man. The Heavenly Father’s declaration of “Not guilty!” is Good News for you in Jesus. The Good News cannot be kept silent nor can those who believe it be consumed with tears of sorrow. The Christian’s joy in what Jesus has done bears witness of His marvelous deeds to others.
Christ came. Christ comes. Christ will come again. That’s Advent.
Soon the days of Advent will give way to the twelve days of Christmas. Christmas is the season where the Church especially celebrates the birth of Christ. Jesus grew up among His own and yet His own would not receive Him. He preached Good News to the poor. He healed the lame, the blind, and the mute. He raised the dead. In His Baptism in the Jordan by John, Jesus was made manifest as the Lamb of God who knew no sin yet bore our sin in His own body. His suffering under Pontius Pilate and death by crucifixion was for our iniquities. His third day resurrection was for our justification. The Lord has done great things for us.
Jesus has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age,” Jesus said. Jesus remains busy for us. The Word made Flesh comes in the proclamation of the Law and Gospel. The baptized have died with Christ, live with him, and walk in newness of life. Those who eat His Body and drink His Blood proclaim His death until He comes. The Lord has done great things for us.
In His Ascension, Jesus was taken up and seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Therefore, as true God and Man He fills heaven and earth, ruling all things as the righteous King. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Believers who bear His Name will be gathered unto eternal life and unbelievers unto eternal death. In that day, our mouths will be eternally filled with laughter, and our tongues with shouts of joy. The Lord has done great things for us.
We are glad.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Advent and a merry Christmas,
Rev. Stephen W. Kieser, Headmaster
Faith Lutheran School of Plano