Rolling Back Sin

John 19:1-27, Isaiah 22-25

Isaiah 25:6 – On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

Lord God, so much in this world is messed up right now.  So much is wrong with this world.  It is full of genocide, murder, hatred and fleeing refugees.  People cowering and hiding from people who want them dead.  It’s not just abroad, it is right here at home too.  On the streets of my own neighborhood people live who are abused, abandoned, marginalized, sick, depressed, poor and destitute.  I see it in my own church and community.  I see it in my own home. So much is wrong with the world.  Things are not as they should be.  God, I know that you grieve about this more than it sorrows me.  You hate all the sin and wickedness in the world; your heart breaks with compassion for those broken by the wickedness of others.  Lord, you promise even now to be a refuge for the poor, a father for the fatherless, a husband to the widow, a refuge for the refugee.  Protect and help them.  And Lord God, I ask you.  Give me a heart like yours; break my heart with what breaks yours.  Keep me from a hard and uncaring heart. And give me hands like yours.  Use me to help those who suffer and struggle, who are sick and oppressed, who are abandoned or forsaken.  I pray, Lord Jesus, pour out your Spirit to bring us to this feast that you will prepare for all who believe in you.  I can’t wait for the day when sin will be rolled back and the table will be set for this feast.  Amen.