Victory Baptist Church
The Return of the King
December 20, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Isaiah 52:7-10:

The Return of the King

December 20, 2020 / Isaiah 52:7-10:

1. We can rejoice because Christ has our

2. We can rejoice because Christ .

3. We can rejoice because Christ will

Quotes: 

“It sounds ridiculous — but the only word for it, that I can find, is a sense of sin. . . Everything seemed so right, at the time! I’ve been thinking about it, over and over; I can see now, it was all a mistake: But I don’t see why mistakes should make one feel sinful! And yet I can’t find any other word for it.”

“It’s not a feeling of anything I’ve ever done, Which I might get away from, or of anything in me I could get rid of, but of emptiness, of failure towards someone, or something, outside of myself; And I feel I must . . .  atone – is that the word?” – Celia in T.S. Eliot’s play, The Cocktail Party

“God intended man to have all good, but in . . . God’s time; and therefore all disobedience, all sin, consists essentially in breaking out of time. Patience [is] the basic constituent of Christianity . . . the power to wait, to persevere, to hold out, to endure to the end, not to transcend one’s own limitations, not to force issues by playing the hero or the titan, but to practice the virtue that lies beyond heroism, the meekness of the lamb which is led.” – Hans Urs von Balthasar, A Theology of History

“Astonishment and joy are what our faith finally points to, and even Saint Paul, said as much though he was hardly less battered than the Jesus he preached by the time he had come through his forty lashes less one, his stonings and shipwrecks and sleepless nights. Yet at the end, at the end, licking his wounds in a Roman lock-up, he wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). But it is at the end that he wrote it. Rejoice is the last word and can be spoken only after the first word. The sheltering word can be spoken only after the word that leaves us without a roof over our heads, the answering word only after the word it answers.” – Frederich Buechner, Telling the Truth

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