Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Oils of Joy

Isaiah 61:3  OILS OF JOY
11/26 – Intro: “Our Great Consolation” 

12/03 – Advent Sunday 1 – “Beauty for Ashes”

12/10 – Advent Sunday 2 – “Oils of Joy”

12/17 – Advent Sunday 3 – “Garments of Praise”

12/24 – Advent Sunday 4 – “Planted by the Lord”


Isaiah 61:1–2

1 “The Spirit of the Father Adonai Yehovah is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

3 To console those who mourn in Zion,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Though we live in a fallen world where we experience pain and disappointment, the Lord can move us from despair to rejoicing, as we see in Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming of Jesus (Isa. 61:1–3).

·      The Lord gives us hope when we feel hopeless;

·      He helps us to forgive when we think we can’t;

·      He teaches us that our identity is in Him and not in what we do.

·      He gives us courage to face an unknown future.

·      When we wear the rags of “ashes,” He gently gives us a coat of praise.


Christians suffer – all humans suffer under our nature of sin

·      What we build sometimes ends as ashes.

·      Our lives bear those ashes – sometimes for years.

o  Ashes –

§  Negatively:  sorrow, agony, regret, failure.

§  Positively:  repentance, godly sorrow, hope.


Galatians 6:7–9  (NLT)

7 Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God.

You will always harvest what you plant.

8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature

will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature.

But those who live to please the Spirit

will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.

At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing

if we don’t give up.


The consolation of the body of Christ:

·     To sooth each other

o  Prayer chain

§  “They won’t care what you know,
until they know you care.”


console /kənˈsəʊl/

verb give consolation to. 
origin 17th century (originally consolate): from French consoler, from Latin consolari:  from con- ‘with’ + solari ‘soothe’.    [1]

·       Alec Motyer has a wonderful observation noting that in Isa 61:2c ("comfort all who mourn) "the hurt was soothed, but now every possibility of further hurt is removed by a divine replacement therapy. The first verb ("to grant") points to a decision of God and the second ("giving") to an act of God: he wills our comfort and then gives that which brings and perpetuates comfort. Note the downward movement of the transformation: from the crown (lit. ‘head-dress’; 3:20; cf. 61:10; Exod. 39:28), to the head (oil), to the clothing (garment). (Cf. the running down of Ps. 133:2–3, significant of heavenly outpouring.) Note also the inward movement of ashes, the visible evidence of grief (58:5; 2 Sam. 13:19), to mourning, grief in the heart, to the inner spirit of despair. The Lord thus acts to pierce progressively to the innermost need. (TOTC - Isaiah)


Complete and eternal consolation will be ours one day!

Isaiah 25:6–8 (NLT)

6 On the Mountain of the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat.

7 There he will remove the cloud of gloom,

the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.

8 He will swallow up death forever!

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears.

He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people.

The Lord has spoken!


Why do we have struggles in this world?

Romans 5:17    For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.


Jesus invites us to His feast and prepares you, for what is prepared for you

·      Jesus has washed your feet, your spirit, your soul!

·      Imagine the Lord washing your feet and anointing you with oil

John 13:1–9

1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.

2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.

3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.

4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist,

5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

·      There will always be people that refuse to allow Jesus to wash them – such a huge loss that someday they will regret.

·      Do you belong to Jesus?

·      That’s the eternal question that can only be answered before you die.

9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”


Jesus invites us weary souls to His banquet room:

·      The other guests may not be who you would have invited!

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd;

I have all that I need.

2 He lets me rest in green meadows;

he leads me beside peaceful streams.

3 He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley,

I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.

You honor me by anointing my head with oil.

My cup overflows with blessings.

6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.



[1] Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, eds., Concise Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).