Beauty for Ashes and Gladness for Mourning

Kenny Foster

December 17, 2023


Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 & Luke 1:46b-55
This is the Third Sunday of Advent and the third sermon in our series on Advent Hope.  The hope of Advent, Jesus’ coming, gives us hope for help and hope for our hearts as we wait. This week we see Jesus’ coming and the hope of healing it brings.
Pain, and particularly grief, is often an obstacle to our obedience. We spend a lot of time trying to avoid grief. But grief is ubiquitous! We find it at every turn. As we consider our Lord’s coming we are looking for healing from all grief and its accompanying sufferings. As Christians we are not immune to grief, but we do not grieve as the rest of the world. Christians grieve with hope. Hope of healing because of the Son who joined us in suffering grief that is unlike any other, so that he might redeem us through grief and bring us healing. The good news is that Jesus comes to make his glories known. But how far does he make his glories known? “Far as the curse is found.”