Advent II – Day 20 - Come
Come, all you who are heavy laden, burdened down by the weight of sin, disappointment, tears, or pain, for the wait is over. Come, you who have endured so much for the Christ, and your faith in Him, hoping beyond all human hope. Awake, you who have slept in the arms of grace, abiding with Him in spirit and soul, waiting for your new body. Arise, those who seem as dead, forgotten by many, but never by the Father. For the watchmen see eye to eye and now declare with joy how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, proclaiming salvation, and saying to His people, and the mountain of the Lord, “Your God reigns!”. Come they say, come let us go up the mountain, joining with the refrain, ‘The King is here, the King is here!’
Now is the time to rejoice, for Christ the King of kings has ascended His holy throne on earth, and reigns. His kingdom of peace, and the beauty of His light shines about. Peace and goodwill, the favour of the Lord Almighty, now abound towards men and women, finding their rest on those who hearts rest in Him. Come, wipe away the tears, for they are no more, this is the place of peace, joy, and hope, where our tenuous faith is lifted up on the wings of the Spirit, as Christ its author, finishes His work. Let us ascend this mountain of God, the gates are open, the crimson red of the Lamb’s blood makes the way, and through His love and Spirit, we join with others whose robes are made white as snow, clothed with His righteousness, and filled with His being. Now we dwell fully under His canopy, in the presence of pure Love. Come, the wait and perseverance are long forgotten, for the joy that arises causes all shadows to flee.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [a]wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:1,2)
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. (Luke 2:13-16)
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore. (Isaiah 2:2-4)
In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. (Isaiah 4:2-6)