He Came That We May Have Life
(Christmas as Part of God’s Bigger Plan – Part 2)
Sunday, December 22, 2019
A Priest and a Prophet (Samuel)
(1 Samuel 2:35, 8:5)
1. God used another ‘MIRACLE child’ to REVEAL the leader after His own heart.
Shepherd Boy, Giant Slayer, King (David)
(1 Samuel 16,17; 2 Samuel 7:16; Isaiah 11:1)
2. God used a young man (the ‘least likely’ and a little hated by his brothers) to stand strong in the POWER of God and make way for THE coming King.
A Foreign Leader (Cyrus)
(2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Isaiah 45:1-3; Philippians 1:6; Jeremiah 29:10-13)
3. God moved in the HEART of a Persian king to allow God’s people to go HOME.
The Jewish Queen of a Persian King (Esther)
(Book of Esther; Esther 3; 4:13-14)
4. God allowed a Jewish girl to become Queen and used her to FOIL a PLOT to wipe out their people
Many more prophecies, then 400 silent years…
Christ the Savior is Born!!
(Galatians 4:4-5; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:20-23, 2:13-16; Luke 2)
5. Galatians 4:4-5 “(NIV) But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to REDEEM those under the law, that we might RECEIVE adoption to sonship.”
Jesus was born…to die
(John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:9-18, 10:5-7; Matthew 1:21; 1 Timothy 1:15; John 17:4; Matthew 27:50; 1 Corinthians 5:3-4; John 14:6)
6. The story doesn’t end at the manger. Jesus came to willingly DIE on a cross for a people who had willingly REJECTED Him – to offer LIFE!
Joy to the World!
(Acts 1:11; Romans 8:20; Isaiah 11:9; Revelation 20,21)
7. The story doesn’t end with the cross or even the empty tomb. Jesus will return to earth one day as KING to REIGN and to make His blessings flow far as the CURSE is found.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
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1. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2. In 1 Samuel 16:7, God tells Samuel (when choosing David) “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” In what ways can we heed this advice today? In what was has failing to heed this advice gotten us, the church, and our society in trouble?
3. Mordecai urged Esther with these words: (Esther 4:13-14) “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” When recently might you have been called by God for something and missed the opportunity? What is your heart response to this? How can you change this in the future?
4. Between last Sunday’s and today’s messages, we have seen many threads – one being God’s timing. What do we learn about God’s timing? What is the practical application of this in our lives?
5. How should Christ’s second coming to rule and reign affect our lives today?
6. What part of this journey stands out the most to you? Why?