Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jesus: Fulfiller of Prophecy and Promises

Can you believe Christmas is rapidly approaching?  And are you ready to celebrate the First Coming of Jesus, while anticipating the Second Coming?

Jesus fulfilled more 400 Hebrew Scriptures (what Christians call the "Old Testament") prophecies in his lifetime.  Yet, most of these prophecies were given more than 700 years BEFORE his birth.

A prophecy is really a promise from God.  Jesus fulfilled them for Israel, in his day...and he continues to be the Fulfiller of Promises today.

I hope this message blesses you. Here is my Sermon from December 15, 2013 (Advent 2013, Week 3)  - KM

Sermon Outline -

Jesus: Fulfiller of Prophecy…

** Isaiah 9:6 gives us four prophetic words about the blessings Jesus fulfilled
in his First Coming.

Wonderful Counselor… think, “Awe-inspiring Mentor

Exodus 15:11 – “Who is like you, majestic in holiness,   awesome in splendor, doing wonders?”

Mighty God… think, “Unshakeable Foundation

Psalm 104:5 – “He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.”

Colossians 2:9, 10 – “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”

Everlasting Father… think, “Eternal Creator

Isaiah 40:28 – “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”

Colossians 1:16 – “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Prince of Peace… think, “Purveyor of Wholeness

Isaiah 52:7 – “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

…and Promises.

Wonderful Counselor…Jesus promises guidance.

John 14:16, 17 – Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.”

Mighty God…Jesus promises security.

John 10:27, 28 – Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Everlasting Father…Jesus promises life.

John 10:10 – Jesus said, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”  (NLT)

Prince of Peace…Jesus promises inner contentment.

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John 14:27 – Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

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