Summary: This is an Advent sermon.
Advent is a time of preparation, not just for Christmas, but for the coming of Jesus. The celebration of Advent is more than a memory of Jesus’ birth. It is also a realization that he is coming again. There will be a Second Advent. Are you ready for Christmas? Are you ready for Jesus’ coming again?
Read Isaiah 2:1-5.
We see here the vision of Isaiah for the latter days, days yet in the future. This is not a manmade utopia. It is a God-made thing. Isaiah called the Messiah the “Prince of Peace.” What is that brought peace through Jesus. Luke says, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (2:14). What does it mean that Jesus brings peace?
1. The ELEVATION.
In the OT, worship took place on a mountain. Pagans even worshiped on mountains. It was seen a place close to God. Jerusalem wasn’t the highest mountain in world. This isn’t so much literal meaning that the mountain would suddenly grow. What it means is that God will be elevated.
There is a day coming when everyone will look up to God. They will realize that “self” isn’t god. Isaiah says in 45:23, “To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.”
2. The EXTENT.
What is the extent of the peace of God? God will be lifted up on his mountain. Verse 2 says, “All nations shall flow to it.” This is the picture of a river flowing to God. What way does water flow? (Downhill.) Have you ever seen water flow uphill? This is a picture of an uphill flow. I’ve seen water flow uphill, but that was an optical illusion. So what is the extent?
A. Not for the SELECT.
It isn’t for God’s “chosen people.” It isn’t just for the Jews. It isn’t just for the church.
B. For EVERYONE.
Verse 3 says, “Many peoples shall come.” It is for everyone. It is for all peoples and nations. Peter said, “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34). Peter said that when Cornelius, a Gentile, received Christ as Savior.
Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
Notice to that they are encouraging others. “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.” They are bringing friends along for the journey. True evangelism is drawing people to come along on the journey with God.
3. The INQUIRY.
The people flowing to God will inquire of him. Faith apart from the true God is hollow. When people realize how hollow it is they search and find God.
There was a man name Lee Strobel from Chicago who was an atheist. He became increasingly depressed with his life, even though he was highly successful. He decided to give faith a shot. He investigated several faiths. The truth of Christianity shone through. He gave his heart to Jesus. He has authored several books. He hosts “Faith Under Fire” on PAX TV.
The inquirers will seek the truth from God. They want him to “teach [them] his ways and that [they] may walk in his paths.” We need to seek God’s will. We are to seek the truth and how to apply it to our lives.