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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Series C

God's Comfort Food"
Isaiah 66:10-14
Rev. Kelly Bedard, B.A., M.Div.

(The following is based on homletical help by Robert Wiese)
The Point: for the Christian, present-day mourning will culminate in eternal joy
The Problem: worldly joy: now- and selfish-oriented; techno-joy
The Promise: Word-ly joy: the life of Christ now and in the future, giving true joy, gladness, love, satisfaction, delight, abundance, peace, wealth, comfort
1. God comes to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.
2. Amidst the joy of living the life of Christ in the world, we see much trouble, persecution, and hopelessness that is beset by greed, arrogance, and idolatry. Christian people who don't know which way to turn for joy now and forever are reminded that in Christ we have joy now and forever. The prophet Isaiah reminds God's people that they should not be dismayed at the destruction of Jerusalem because He will restore her in the New Jerusalem of His kingdom in heaven. Therefore, amongst the troubles and worries of how God in Christ will bring restoration to all believers in the New Jerusalem, fear not, be glad, and rejoice greatly, for He will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream. This is joy now and forever. (Robert Wiese)
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