Reflections with Pastor Ryan Strebeck: on Isaiah 40.1-8

Pastor Ryan Strebeck shares “Advent 3: Lamentation, Longing, and Laughter” (15:47).

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Isaiah 40.1-8

Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the LORD’S hand
double for all her sins.
A voice of one calling:
“In the desert
prepare the way for the LORD;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all mankind together will see it.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God stands forever.”

Mark 1.1-6

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ,  the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare  the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in  the wilderness and proclaiming  a baptism of  repentance  for the forgiveness of sins.  And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was  clothed with camel’s hair and  wore a leather belt around his waist and ate  locusts and  wild honey.



One thought on “Reflections with Pastor Ryan Strebeck: on Isaiah 40.1-8”

  1. Strebeck. I loved this, “Your muscles of hope are atrophied.” and “Let loose the vocal chords that haven’t sounded off in years…”

    I listened to this one twice, partly because I was doing the dishes and the washing machine was making too much noise. Partly because you were smokin’. I loved it when you took us into child soldering and human trafficking. I had never thought about the range of Israel’s emotions in Exile before. Thanks for you inspirations here.

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