... that man of promise is Jesus. For us, Jesus is the source of all that is just and right. For us, Jesus is the one who brings salvation and keeps us safe. How vital this knowledge is in the world we live in today. A world continuing to promise itself that we are civilised and progressive whilst terror inflicts itself into ordinary people’s lives as never before. A world promising that endless consumption is the way forward while the forests of Indonesia burn and the waters of Pakistan rise, and the icecaps of Greenland melt. It’s a world we recognise as being very much like the world Jesus described to his disciples in Luke 21.25-36, a world where ‘People … faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens [seem to] be shaken.’
- from my talk for Advent Sunday, Promises, promises: or just empty words?