Christmas Cards

from the Minor Prophets

Waiting is the basic posture for the Christian life. This is the in-between stage, as we have been saved, but are still awaiting Jesus’ second coming to bring us home. This Advent season, we look to the minor prophets of Scripture, who were experts in waiting as they anticipated the first coming of the Messiah. Their writings help us get a better picture of what waiting with eager expectation should look like.

New Covenant for the New Year

Joel 2:28-29

Gami Ortiz

December 31, 2023

Joel writes at the time of a devastating plague of locusts in Israel. He points back to Deuteronomy 28:38 to remind the people of the covenant and call them to repentance. But the whole scenario points forward as well to a greater calamity that is coming – the day of the Lord, when He will judge and we will give an account. It’s a call for us to both repent and also to rejoice for the blessings that result from His judgment on the world.


Glory to God in the Highest

Micah 5:1-6

Chad Moore

December 24, 2023

From the little town of Bethlehem comes a King who will deliver His people from death to life.


The Hope of the King

Amos 9

Jon Keisling

December 17, 2023

In a book full of judgment, Amos wrote these verses at the end of this book to comfort and confront his hearers. Israel was meant to compare the hope Amos held out for them here with the things they were currently hoping in. These verses do the same for us today: they comfort us and confront us. Likewise, we should consider what we’re hoping in and compare that with what Amos holds out to us.


The Judgment and Joy of the King

Zephaniah

Will Peycke

December 10, 2023

Zephaniah’s “Christmas card” offers a brief glimpse into the expansive beauty of the gospel. God is both the just judge and the gracious savior. In Jesus, God has taken away the judgments against us—so we can sing and rejoice in his gift of salvation. And when we accept his gift, God himself rejoices and sings over us.  


The Character of the Coming King

Nahum 1

Jon Keisling

December 3, 2023

When people are waiting and suffering injustice, it’s natural to believe that God is absent or silent or that he doesn’t even exist. These are some of the temptations that the book of Nahum comes to deal with.