In the seventh and final book in J. K. Rowling’s series Harry Potter, we find the title character and his two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, on a mission given to them by their mentor, Professor Albus Dumbledore. Their fate and the fate of everyone they love and the world in which they live rest on their work. They understand the big picture—what the endgame is—but for much of the book, the three friends are left trying to figure out not only what precisely they are to do, but how then they are to accomplish it. You can imagine their frustration.
In fact, it’s a frustration that we sometimes share. We know the endgame—Christ will return and people from all nations will worship Him all their days. But what are we to do between now and then? How do we deal with the tension of what is already true and what has not yet happened?
Today’s text shows us what we’re inclined to do, and then points us in a better direction—one that leads us to rest.
Title: The King and Rest (sermon from 5/3/15)
Text: Isaiah 30