CUW Daily Chapel 11/29/11 Rev. Dr. Harald Tomesch


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Transcript:
Good morning and welcome to
the first week of our new calendar year a new church year
as we celebrate Advent. Today’s themes have
words of waiting and longing and hoping
as we reflect on God's word in Isaiah chapter sixty four.
Would you please rise with me for the invocation.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Hear the word of the Lord. You may be seated.
The word of the Lord and the basis for meditation today as a word taken from
the prophet Isaiah the sixty fourth chapter beginning with verse one.
“Oh, that you would rend than the heavens and come down,
and that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets
twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil, come down and make your name know to your enemies
and cause the nation's too quick before you!
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down,
and the mountain's tremble before you.
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear
has perceived,
no eyes
has seen any God besides you.,
Who acts on behalf of those
who wait
for him.
You come to help those who gladly do Right, who remembers your ways.
But when we continue to
sin against them, you were angry.
How then can we be saved?
All of us have become like one who is Unclean,
and all our righteous acts are is filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind
our sins sweep us away.
No one calls in your name
or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.
yet you Lord,
are our Father.
We are the clay, you where the potter;
we are the work of your hands.
Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us,
we pray,
for we are all your people.”
This is the word of the Lord.
Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father
and from Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Well, the basis of our meditation are these words
from Isaiah chapter sixty four and I remind you of what we've read. “Yet you
Lord are our Father,
we are the clay, you where the potter.
We are all who work
of your hand.”
“We till your father comes home!”
Have you heard those words before? “Wait till your father comes home!”
I wonder how many do you remember those words.
Perhaps some of you on the side of the room,
it’s been a long time since you've heard those words. Wait for your father comes
Home.
Perhaps others of you have heard it more recently
and I suspect maybe one or two of you even
heard it this morning.
What is it remind you of?
These words, “Wait till your father comes home!” reminds you
of those events of your past.
I can remember, for example,
the impressionable age of eight,
my mom saying, “Wait to hear father comes home!”
and I went running into a glass
bookshelf
that was probably eight feet eight feet square and I got a twenty inch cut and
reconstructive surgery
that lasted a year. “Wait till your father comes home!”
Would’ve been okay I suppose except my best friends Jimmy and Johny Wensloth
taught me the week before that if you cut your jugular you're dead in
three minutes.
you can just imagine with all that blood,
“Mom, they hit my jugular!”
I couldn't wait to my dad got home. I couldn't wait to get to that
hospital.
There’s a story about a mischievous little boy, perhaps you've heard about
him, was left alone in the house
near Christmas.
Never leave the little boy at home
at Christmas. Dad was still at work, mom was getting the groceries,
and the Christmas tree had not been setup and the boys wanted to prepare
Christmas decorations.
the boy had some free time on his hands and he had paper
and scissors and glue and crayons
and no adult supervision.
which the boy thought at the tender age of eight, was a wonderful opportunity
to exercise his creative skills on the house
and his unsuspecting parents. He drew,
he colored,
he cut out many decorations.
Christmas trees,
Mary and Joseph the baby Jesus, many is happy People, many more dinosaurs, and all sorts
of things that you could think of it the age of eight.
It was a festival affair with the creative skills coming out
in all sorts of visual merriment. 0:05:15.090,0:05:19.009 He did the only logical thing then that a boy eight could do perhaps. You've done
this too.
He glued them onto the walls this house
I mean not just regular children's glue.
No he wanted his father's carpenters glue. You know the kind
sort of falls on the floor if you're putting things together.
Daddy’s carpenters glue will
really stick on all of the walls
and all of the windows
of the house.
When mom came home,
I’m sure she had much to say but one thing really is in my mind,
“Wait till your father comes home young man!”
I wasn't quite…the boy wasn’t quiet, sorry,
quite entirely sure
whether dad was coming home to congratulate him on his celebratory
efforts.
What I had to learn and discover was that Advent have brought trouble,
Advent trouble.
We are now the season of advent. Advent is a word that describes God’s coming and
arrival. During Advent
we generally focusing on two things
and usually do it this order rather than the biblical order. We focus in on the
birth of Jesus
and then we focus in on a second coming.
But just the opposite isn't true in the New Testament world,
where we focus in on Jesus’ second coming
and that gets perspective on his first.
When we read scripture in both the Old Testament in the New Testament, these to
advents
are connected.
Let’s read First Thessalonians,
“For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a
thief in the night.” It also says
“Our Lord himself will descend from heaven
and with the cry of command,
with the sound of the trumpet.”
Jesus himself says, “Watch
for you do not know the
day or the hour.” Like a pregnant woman.
“When the son of man will come in his glory
and the angels coming with him,
he will sit on his glorious thrown.”
there we have both judgment and a view to the angels in the birth of Jesus
brought together in that order.
God
is coming.
The holy one is coming, as our text says, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and
come down that you would come down in the heavens what tremble before you. That
you would come and help those
who live a right.”
God is coming.
But that has the potential of being a Very, very bad thing.
You see our God is holy, perfect,
righteous, and just.
And we when we look for silly at the scissors in our hands and the glue
that we utilize in life, are imperfect sinful, doubters, unjust.
isaiah captures the contrast when he says, “Oh, that you would split the
heavens
and come down.”
Then he goes on, “You showed your anger because we've sinned and we’ve continued to
sin for a long time.
Can we possibly be sick?”
That’s intimidating thought,
and that's the Bible's way of saying to you and to
“Wait till your father
comes home.”
It causes us to hesitate, to pause, and to think.
What am I going to do when dad comes home? What kind of trouble will I be in?
I’ve done a lot of things
in my memory
and those
thoughts perhaps
forced me to be not so eager about my father's
coming home.
Perhaps we even desire to have him delay for a bit
and maybe we even ask these questions
of ourselves and others. Can be possibly
be saved?
Because he's perfect, demands perfection.
Can we be saved? can we escape punishment?
A punishment we know we deserve.
“All are good deeds,” Isaiah says,
“have become unclean,
and all of our righteousness as a permanently
stained
rag.”
He goes on to say, “All of the shrivel like a leaf” So when you go out today
and go home and look at all those trees down Lake Drive boulevard or the
like.
See that our sins are carried away
like the wind.
Are you enjoying Advent yet?
-laughs-
I don't think so. Before you walk out today I don't like you simply take hear
these demanding words of God. There is
of course and we know this for everything we learn
here at the university,
another side to the story.
If there is the law, as Luther, says there certainly are the promises of God.
So you've got the law, you've heard it, we are worthless as our text says, “Corrupt
sinners with no hope of salvation.”
That’s the truth.
With the truth
like that God comes to condemn and judge.
But Paul Harvey says there's the rest of the story.
There is the good news.
God is just enough to deal with our sins. The Bible teaches us
that he did not take his anger out on you.
When he comes home he looks at his own Son,
he looks at himself, the one who could bear up under that weight
and that in and anticipation in that punishment
and he inflicts that's enough on his Son.
For that reason, our
text for today says
God is our loving
Father.
we have
as we have heard
God say he is coming.
But keep listening to what Isaiah says listen to what he wrote, “But now
Lord you are our father,
we are the clay, you were the potter.
We are the work
of your hands.
Don't be too angry Lord
Don’t remember our sins forever
now look
we
are you people.”
God is our loving God. He is our potter we are the clay
and with his works in his hands
we are knit together wonderfully.
We are precious to him, important in him, his eyes focus in on his works of creation
and the pottery he's made
names each one of us as complete and perfect.
In that frame of mind we come to God apologizing for the errors of our past
and asking for forgiveness.
And you know what?
I mean what did you learn every time dad or mom came home and said, “Wait for your
father comes home?”
you finally discovered that you had loving, caring
parents.
God does not hold the grudge.
When anyone apologizes and repents,
He forgets.
That’s why Jesus was born to ensure
that we could be reshaped
into the wonderful image of Jesus
Scripture says the word became flesh
and for that church,
for our church we call that the incarnation
and we celebrate it at Christmas.
He comes, the real honest God man
and quite literally
fully God and fully man
and perhaps you don't know this, to this very day there is blood coursing through
the veins of Jesus, fully God fully man
into eternity. That's what Christmas is about the god flesh
and flesh man
and when you see that precious baby at Bethlehem,
when you look on that baby
in the manger, you see the face of almighty God.
When you look upon his face you see the cross.
When you see his face exiting the tomb
you see your brother.
You see that same face on judgment day and when you face judgment
you will face Jesus who sits on the throne, who passes sentence,
who comes to say to the little child in you and in me,
innocent.
Advent is a season in which we remember that are Lord, the son of God, is
coming.
He’s coming to insure that finally we meet our father
in heaven and when we do we will be
perfect.
We will be saved, we will be at
Peace, peace on earth.
A poet captured the sentiment
of Isaiah when he wrote,
“Come down oh God come down like a thundering lightning bolt, brush fire striking
dread in your enemies.
Come down, come down oh God like an earthquake that shakes the nation's.
come down, come down, oh God mighty warrior cleaning up injustice
and put in the world aright.
Come down, come down, like you did before
little baby,
humble preacher,
melting the hearts of sinners,
striking love,
and perfection
deeply within your
jars of clay.”
In the name of the Father and of the Son of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
And the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds
for Christ Jesus our Lord.