First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16
The Good Branch
14 This message is from the Lord: “I made a special promise to the people of Israel and Judah. The time is coming when I will do what I promised.
15 At that time I will make a good ‘branch’ grow from David’s family. That branch will do what is good and right for the country.
16 When he rules, Judah will be saved. The people of Jerusalem will live in safety. This will be his name: ‘The Lord Makes Things Right For Us.’”
Long before Jesus is born,
God sends the prophet Jeremiah
with a promise –
a promise about David,
the most beloved king in Israel’s history.
God tells Israel that a new king,
someone from King David’s family,
will come and save his people.
He will keep them safe from all their enemies.
He will make sure they have everything they need
to live in peace.
They will have:
strong bodies and minds
people who love them
a government that cares about justice
safety for their children
enough food and money that no one goes hungry or needs to steal
The King will make sure they have nothing to fear.
He will take everything that is wrong with their world
and make it right.
. . . .
Imagine that you are listening to Jeremiah speak.
There are many things in your world
that make you afraid
or break your heart.
But Jeremiah is saying that is all going to change!
A new King is coming!
And when he does,
you will no longer suffer
from illness or loneliness or wars
or addiction or hunger or poverty or oppression.
You will no longer be afraid.
The King will make everything the way it was supposed to be,
the way God intended.
If you believe this story,
you may begin to feel something new
something you may not have felt for a long time –
by Carrie Myers