November 27, 2016

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Sunday, November 27, 2016  First Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
By Dan and Karen Klassen

Texas or Jerusalem?

A number of years ago we purchased a tattered, old travel guide at a book sale. The guide highlighted amazing places to visit in Texas. We came across photos of a peaceful resort set on the banks of what appeared to be a beautiful lake surrounded by evergreen trees. This was the place for us. We booked a week long reservation and when vacation time came around we jumped into the car and headed for our dream vacation spot.

When we arrived we discovered the resort was nothing like the pictures in the book. Instead of a lake we saw a dried up pond surrounded by acres of oil rigs and tanker trucks. The buildings needed paint badly. The floors in all of the rooms were covered with ugly, orange shag carpet. Instead of spending a week, we left after only one night and tossed the out-of-date travel guide into the trash. So much for a book that cost a quarter!

Unlike our Texas travel guide, The Bible is a true and reliable guide. Isaiah describes a beautiful place that we as believers yearn for—the mountain of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:1-5)

In this place the Lord’s house is established on the top of the mountains. This is the dwelling place of the Lord. A place exalted above the hills. The new Jerusalem.

The Lord will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths. We will beat our swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruning hooks. “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.” This is a destination we don’t want to miss! This is a travel guide that never goes out of date!