WHEN LUCY STEPPED THROUGH THE WARDROBE TO NARNIA
A WORLD THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR FOUND HARD TO BELIEVE.
YET, IT WAS TRUE.
AND ONE DAY, WE WHO ARE IN HIM,
WILL STEP INTO THE WONDERLAND ISAIAH 11 DESCRIBES.
EXACTLY WHEN THIS WILL HAPPEN IS DEBATED AMONG THEOLOGIANS,
WILL IT BE DURING THE 1000 YEAR REIGN REVELATION DESCRIBES?
IS IT HEAVEN?
WHAT MATTERS IS THAT IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN,
AND BELIEVERS WILL “STEP THROUGH THE WARDROBE” INTO ANOTHER WORLD.
A TIME IS COMING WHEN EDEN WILL BE RESTORED.
NO MORE WILL SINS AND SORROWS GROW,
NOR THORNS INFEST THE GROUND.
FOR HE COMES TO MAKE HIS BLESSINGS KNOWN
FAR AS THE CURSE IS FOUND.
HE WILL BE OUR KING
AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD SHALL REST UPON HIM.
HE WILL REDEEM OUR FALLEN WORLD
TO A PEACEABLE KINGDOM,
AND THE EARTH SHALL BE FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE
OF THE LORD, AS THE WATERS COVER THE EARTH.
WHAT A WEEK THIS WILL BE,
INCLUDING A SERMON THAT WILL FILL YOU WITH AWE.
FOR THIS 3RD SUNDAY IN ADVENT,
PREPARE YOUR HEART WITH THIS,
AND LISTEN TO SEE HOW THIS CAROL IS REALLY
ABOUT CHRIST’S SECOND ADVENT,
WHEN HE RULES OVER A PEACEABLE KINGDOM,
MAKING HIS BLESSINGS KNOWN,
FAR AS THE CURSE IS FOUND!
STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN TELLS WHY
JOY TO THE WORLD MEANS SO MUCH TO HIM.
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. Are you experiencing His presence this Advent? If so, share how.
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY: Bible Study
For those of us who were with us through Habakkuk, there are some similarities, even repeated verses. God was going to judge His rebellious people, and He was going to use a pagan nation to carry it out. But then, He was going to judge that nation: Assyria, the rod of His anger. I ponder the similarities to Islamic terrorists, and wonder what the future holds, yet I know He holds the future, and that in His time, as Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us, He will make all things beautiful. (It actually says He has made all things beautiful, which, like Isaiah’s “unto you a child is born” has a verb tense so sure it as if it is already accomplished. God seems outside of time, as indicated by Revelation 3:18 that talks of the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world.)
3. Read Isaiah 10 and share anything that stands out to you.
Though it isn’t until Isaiah 40 that God tells Isaiah to Comfort His People, still, this seems appropriate here, after Isaiah 10:
Isaiah 11 tells us that a shoot will come from the stump of Jesse — as the near prophecy this was King David, but of course we see Jesus, the ultimate King. This King will usher in a “peaceable Kingdom.” When will this happen? Revelation 20 speaks of a time when Jesus will reign with his saints, mentioning “those who had been beheaded” for 1,000 years. Following this is the final judgment and a new heaven and a new earth. This may be what Isaiah 11 is referring to, or, other theologians, because of the symbolism of Revelation, are less comfortable making a timeline. R. C. Sproul says that because “Revelation 20 is the only passage that speaks of this, and because it is not obvious what is being spoken of, it has been a matter of controversy throughout the ages…Avoid the scandal of division over doctrinal nuance which is not relative to salvation.” I think it is prudent to agree that when this will happen is not as important as the fact that it will happen. The many already fulfilled prophecies of Isaiah are meant to give us confidence that the rest will be fulfilled as well.
4. Comments on the above?
5. Read Romans 8:18-24 and describe who is waiting for the new world Christ will bring and why.
6. Read Isaiah 11 in the follow sections and share what you learn about:
A. The One who will ultimately rule (Isaiah 11:1-5).
B. The peacable Kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9)
C. The highway of the Lord (Isaiah 11:10-16) You may want to listen to the sermon first for this one.
7. Did you learn anything new about the world that awaits you?
This is a wonderful message — I’ve also included a link to learn more about the preacher, Michael Lawrence.
8. SHARE YOUR NOTES AND COMMENTS
9. What is your take-a-way and why?