Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 13-DEC-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Advent 3 – When John the Baptist turned up out of the wilderness with his particular message, people were wondering whether they were witnessing the return of the prophet Elijah, as predicted some 400 years previously in the last few verses of the Old Testament (Malachi 4:5). Over the intervening 400 years there had been a succession of invasions, with only 100 years of continuous peace and prosperity; the nation was currently under Roman domination; and the regular appearances of false messiahs kept ending in disaster. John assured his questioners that he was not another messiah; he was very reticent; he pointed away from his own ministry because he knew that Jesus' ministry was more important. John was not himself the light that shines in the darkness, but he had came to testify to Jesus as the Light of the World. Do we act as mirrors of Christ, to reflect Christ's light into the dark recesses of the world?
Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11; John 1: 6-8, 19-28

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