WHEN THE LORD COMES NEAR, HE HUMBLES HIS ENEMIES
Last week we saw that the Lord sends messengers to call us to repentance. This week we learn that those who refuse to heed that call to humble themselves will be humbled anyway. The Lord who once came near in flesh and now comes near in Word and sacrament will one day come near with consuming fire and judgment. The Lord will humble his enemies. This truth does two important things. First, it adds urgency to God’s Advent call to repentance. Second, it gives us comfort when we, as God’s people, experience opposition from the world. Those who oppress and harm God’s people will face justice.