Pastor Tom’s Note
Ancient Promise Fulfilled: The King has Returned
In the movie The Lion King, Simba is banished from Pride land for something he didn’t do (much like Joseph in the Bible). In The Chronicles of Narnia, exile is represented by winter. When Aslan is “on the move,” winter gives way to warm weather. When Simba returns and defeats Scar, Pride Lands goes from desolation to lush and green.
In the book of Isaiah, the return from exile is also expressed through a transformation of a dry wilderness into irrigated and fertile soil (Isa.35:1). The one thing that characterizes the “return of the King” in Isaiah is resounding joy and singing (Isa. 35:2, 10). The Advent of the Lord calms the “anxious heart” (Isa. 35:4). Paul brings these ideas together in Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.” This joy in the Lord (apart from our circumstances) becomes the basis for ‘anxiety management’ in our lives. “Don’t be anxious about anything” Paul tells us. The outcome of this posture is “the peace of God” (Phil 4:7). So joy and celebration in the Lord becomes the basis for our peace (see also Galatians 5:22).
During this Season of Advent where hurriedness and anxiety seem to take us so far away from the ideals of the season of Peace and Joy, we choose to rejoice in the Lord with singing: Joy to the world, the Lord has come! He alone will bring peace to our anxious hearts. The Prince of Peace Himself with fill us with a peace that He alone can give us.