Advent and the joy of salvation in King Jesus

In that day you will say:

“I will praise you, Lord.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
and you have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
In that day you will say:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

Isaiah 12

We look forward to the day to come when not only our salvation, but the salvation of the world will be complete. That in significant part is what Advent is all about. We celebrate the coming of “the Messiah, the Lord,” (Luke 2:11), King Jesus. The salvation that has arrived, that is present, and that is yet to come is in and through King Jesus.

This is in large part what we celebrate: Yes, God making himself/God’s Self known in and through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit. And the salvation that comes from that. We are taken up into the very life and love of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. And we can say that very life and love has come down to earth at our Lord’s first coming and is destined to make everything right and all things new when heaven and earth become one when King Jesus returns.

In the meantime, we are indeed to drink from the wells of salvation from the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit in and through Jesus (John 7:37-39). As we witness to the world through our faith, our words, and through song: the coming of King Jesus.

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