This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series “All I Want for Christmas” by looking at the good news that comes to us from God. The prophet Isaiah speaks good news to the people of Israel in the midst of their exile in Isaiah 40:1-11. That same news is made even more real for us today through Jesus Christ.
In the middle of the message, I addressed some of the current tensions in our nation around racial disparities and police accountability. It was Martin Luther King, Jr., who referenced Isaiah 40 in the midst of his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 (you can watch the speech here). The dream is alive, but tarnished today. Still, there is no place where the dream of people coming together across racial lines should be more evident than in God’s people, the church, living into the dream of Revelation 7:9, ” a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”
You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can also view all the messages from the “All I Want for Christmas” series here. Connect with us further at Eastbrook Church on Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Good News of God’s Comfort in Our Suffering (Isaiah 40:1-2))
The Good News of God’s Glory in the Midst of Valleys (Isaiah 40:3-5)
The Good News of God’s Enduring Power and Human Transience (Isaiah 40:6-8)
The Good News of God’s Personal Character (Isaiah 40:10-11)
The Good News worth Shouting (Isaiah 40:9)