Support and Resources For Pastors and
Christian Ministry Professionals
Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A., Editor
Seventh Sunday After
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
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