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It’s Time To Receive It – God Prepares His Prophet

It’s Time To Receive It – God Prepares His Prophet

Luke 1:67-79

We’re aware of the Star of Bethlehem this time of year. I’m a huge fan of astronomy, and so I’m interested stellar events regardless of what time of year it is. Did you know there’s a star system named Eta Carinae, which has a mass 100 times greater than that of our sun, is giving signs that its life is about over. Researchers say that it could become a supernova—a blazing, exploding star—within the next 10,000 years. What is especially interesting about this is the idea that since light from that system takes 9,000 years to reach the earth, the actual explosion could have already taken place. God’s promises are like that: ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED, but we just haven’t realized them yet.

God’s Intent Is To Bring Us Home. HOW?

By Remembering His Promises  ~ Luke 1:67-75

By Reminding US of Those Promises By a Prophet ~ Luke 1:76-79

  • 76 a Prophet speaks God’s truth: MESSIAH is coming!
  • 77 MESSIAH is sin forgiver (not war hero)
  • 78 God’s tender love motivates the MESSIAH
  • 79 Without HIM, we’re stuck in the dark; we need guidance!

God loves us too much to let us die in the dark, stuck in our sin. He promised to rescue us; He sent a prophet to remind us; He sent the Christ to redeem us; and He STILL calls us to repent when we relapse! God is not the God of second chances; rather, He is the God of seventy times seven chances.

Lent: Our Reception

Lent: Our Reception Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 21:1-11

In computer terminology, a “handshake” is an exchange of signals necessary for two-way communication. How does God “signal” us that He is at work?

God Readies His People To Receive

Notice the Preparation ~ Matthew 21:1-5

  • v1/3 Jesus functions as PROPHET; because of vs 3 “IF anyone says anything”
  • => PROPHET – one chosen by God to listen for and tell others the Word of the Lord
  • v4/5 Prophecy points to Jesus as KING; segue to next section

Notice the Reception ~ Matthew 21:6-11

  • v8/9 Crowds received Him as KING: cloaks on the road just like King Jehu in Old Testament (2 Kings 9:13)
  • => KING – one invested with authority
  • Crowds received Him with joy: palm branches as expressions of joy (Lev. 23:40; 1 Maccabees 13:51)
  • v10/11 Crowds recognized Him as PROPHET

Final questions:
1) Since Jesus is Prophet: How will you LISTEN for God’s Word?
2) Since Jesus is King: how will you FUNCTION under God’s authority?
3) Since Jesus is Savior: How will you WELCOME Jesus as He approaches?


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