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Advent 2 2011 – Old Testament Prophecies

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Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

The Crib Scene at St Mary's Cathedral, with the cattle at the manger.

The Crib Scene at St Mary's Cathedral, with the cattle at the manger.

Verses two and three of Charles Wesley’s great advent hymn – Lo! He comes with clouds descending. In the second verse of his hymn above Charles Wesley recalls the Passion of Christ.

On the second Sunday of Advent we remember the Prophets, those who foretold the coming of the Messiah.

The Old Testament prophets foretold the coming of Jesus, his death and resurrection. Handel selected from these prophecies his texts for his great Oratorio – Messiah. One of the best known prophet is Isaiah, and Handel used the following from Chapter 9, verse 6 –

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

As we look forward and wait for the coming of Christmas, just reflected on this prophecy, consider His life and His betrayal. The authorities of Palestine and the Roman rulers in the Jerusalem area 2000+ years ago considered Him a threat. The image recalls the normal state of the stable soon to herald the birth of The Holy Child.

Lord Jesus, Light of the World,
the prophets said you would bring peace
and save your people in trouble.
Give peace in our hearts at Christmas
and show all the world God’s love.
Amen

Another link to Beth’s Blog providing you with a contrasting view during Advent.

From Beth: Advent 2 – For The Other 99; in which she reflects on World Aids day and how it was commemorated in St Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow last week, and considers a frightened couple making the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem for a Census.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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