On the topic of joy during this third Sunday of Advent, Pastor Donald revisits Isaiah 42:1-8 to answer the questions, "Are we assured of our salvation?" and, "What is the source of our confidence?" The scriptures show us in Isiah 42 that there is unilateral covenant initiated and created by God. Unlike bilateral contracts, this covenant cannot be broken and is perfect based on God's ultimate sovereignty. We also learn in Isaiah 42:4 that this same covenant given through His servant, Jesus, is sustainable and reliable and will endure forever. Jesus is faithful and is working until justice is in the earth and His law rules everywhere. We also see this sustainability in the Holy Spirit which continues to work in us transforming our lives. Finally, God's covenant endures with patience and long suffering. Jesus will not break a bruised reed or snuff out a candle wick. Jesus has come to save the sinners and not destroy us.
During this Advent season and Christmas, let us pause and reflect on whether or not we are living a grateful and obedient life after being offered such a merciful covenant from God through His Servant, Jesus.
Please take the time to watch Pastor Donald's sermon, "The Servant of the Lord, the Covenant of our Salvation".