The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’ Luke 3:15-17
The people are longing for their Messiah to bring justice and renewal to Israel. Yet the one to come would far exceed their hopes and expectations in his glory, power, holiness and righteous judgement.
What forms of justice and renewal do you long to see this Advent season? What injustices weigh on your heart?
This world is deeply broken. Persecution, exploitation, violence, fear, starvation, despair … these are experiences of innumerable people throughout the world who are made in the image of God.
Advent hope reminds us that the one who has come and who will come again will explode even our greatest hopes as his glory, power, holiness and righteous judgement are revealed for all to see. Before him ‘every knee will bow and every tongue confess’ that he is the Lord.
Come Lord Jesus to establish your eternal reign of justice and joy.