Tom Scott - 20/12/2015
Date: December 21, 2015
Let me begin with a bit of good news from yesterday’s worship service. We are pleased to announce that Don and Andrea Massey have joined the church. They are coming to us from the Garfield Christian Church. Be sure and welcome them into the church family.
Yesterday we also finished up our Christmas series through the book of Isaiah. Each week in the series we looked at a simply phrase from a card our family received several years ago. The phrase we looked at yesterday was “Saved By His Love.” I used the text of Isaiah 53:4-6 to help us focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus came into this world to save us from our sins which is the greatest gift anyone could ever give us. Let me share with you five questions to help us reflect on the message.
1. Julius Caesar won a decisive battle against Pharnaces II in 46 B.C. at the battle of Zela. When he wrote back to the Senate in Rome he stated, “Veni, Vidi, Vici” which means “I came, I saw, and I conquered.” When was the last time you conquered something meaningful in your life?
2. Jesus came into this world in just the manner that had been forecasted by the Old Testament prophets. We read of his birth in Matthew and Luke. Why is the birth of Jesus Christ such a tender moment in your life?
3. Jesus came into this world and saw what it was like to live among humans. Almost from the moment of his birth; he was hated by those who viewed him as a threat to their position and power. What are some visual images that Jesus stored up in his memory bank as he went through life here on earth?
4. Jesus came and he saw the need mankind had for a Savior. This is why Jesus went to the cross and endured the terrible treatment that we read about in Isaiah 53. Word for word we can see how Jesus suffered because of our sins. Jesus went through all of this so that he might conquer our enemy which is sin and death. How does the crucifixion of Jesus demonstrate God’s love for us?
5. We are saved by His love. That’s the message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This is the good news of great joy that we have to share with the world around us. The greatest gift we can give to others is the knowledge that God really does love us. Jesus came, he saw, and he conquered to prove that to us. Is there someone in your life right now that you need to invite to church next week?
Reminder: Thursday night is Christmas Eve. We have a wonderful program lined out for you this year The program starts at 7:00pm. Studies show this is the most effective service for inviting people to come to church.
Next week: Join me next Sunday as we launch into our three year vision for the church. The title of the sermon is Relentless and it comes from Hebrews 12:1-3. You are going to want to be here for this very important message.
Have a great week in the Lord!
December 20, 2015
Introduction: Today, millions of Christians around the world will gather in church buildings much like this one. Many will hear the Christmas message shared once again. One thing we must keep in focus as we celebrate Christmas is the fact that Jesus came here with a purpose in mind. Isaiah helps us discover that mission here in chapter 53. Let’s discover together why Jesus came into this world.
I. Jesus came.
A. It’s a tender moment. Luke 2:16-20
B. It’s a terrible scene. Isaiah 53:4-6
II. Jesus saw.
A. Consider His ___________. Matthew 2:16
B. Consider His ___________. Matthew 8:20
C. Consider His ___________. Matthew 27:27-31
III. Jesus conquered.
A. We are ___________ by His love. Romans 5:8
B. We are sent to _____ His love. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Conclusion: Jesus is the Lamb of God who came into this world so that He might become the Savior of all mankind. The only way that Jesus could truly fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament was to be born as a baby, live as a man, and die as a criminal. This Christmas, let’s celebrate the fact that we have been saved by His love. Let’s also share this gift of love with as many as possible.
Key Thought: Jesus was the Lamb of God came into this world because of God’s great love for us.
Key Words: birth, life, death, saved, share