Celebrate: Come On! — Dr Liam Goligher’s final sermon on the book of Esther
Celebrate: Come On!
Dr. Goligher finishes his series on Esther by looking at the aftermath of the great deliverance of the Jewish people by the unseen hand of God. The Festival of Purim was instituted as a community celebration to be a “standing reminder of this remarkable victory.” Dr. Goligher points out and expands upon three aspects of the festival: it was a time of rest from their enemies, a time for remembering, and a time for rejoicing.
Dr. Goligher then directs us to the words of Isaiah 57:19
“Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord, “and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
He points out that although God had given the Jewish people a measure of rest – of peace from the wicked that that peace was not…
the final peace; it was not the final rest. The wicked will stir up the sea again against the people of God, again and again and again and again they will do this in the history of the world to this very day.”
But we are encouraged that while there is no peace for the wicked the believer will indeed experience eternal peace. As a result of his work on the cross, Jesus Christ is every believer’s peace. And that day — the day of eternal peace — is coming!