Gospel (OT-NT Parallel)

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Isaiah 40:1-3 (NKJV)
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God.
2 “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the LORD’s hand Double for all her sins.”

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Luke 2:10-14 (NKJV)
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Matthew 5:17-18 (NKJV)
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

John 19:30 (NKJV)
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Mark 16:5-6 (NKJV)
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.


 

God has sent Light and Life into the World via the Person of His Son.

He has demonstrated His desire for us to be at peace with Him.

He has cleared the way.

This is Good News.

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A musical celebration of the Advent of the Christ.

The Call of Christmas

Wonder of all wonders
Outside of Bethlehem
Angels come to shepherds
Ordinary working men
Not the high and mighty
The powerful and great
But those who feel unwanted
That the world has pushed away

Hear the call of Christmas
All you lost and left behind
The lowly and those longing
With an emptiness inside
The forgotten and forsaken
I bring you good news
Hear the call of Christmas
The Savior waits for you

All who feel rejected
Unworthy and alone
We’re all undeserving of
The kindness we’ve been shown
Come behold the King of Kings
Find rest you weary souls
Lay down all your burdens
He will mend and make you whole

Hear the call of Christmas
All you lost and left behind
The lowly and those longing
With an emptiness inside
The forgotten and forsaken
I bring you good news
Hear the call of Christmas
The Savior waits for you

For all of those in need
Come find your hope and peace
Oh, do not be afraid
For He has come to save

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A Savior Is Born (23)

A musical celebration of the Advent of the Christ.

 

This is the reason we acknowledge the birth of Jesus of Nazareth as the Savior of the world.

*Zechariah 9:9-13 (NKJV)*
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’

***As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.***

***Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.***

For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”
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The fulfillment of God’s promise of deliverance. THIS is the reason we celebrate the birth of Messiah, the Anointed, who came to save us from the pit of death into which we fell.

How Can I Help You?

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Matthew 20:25-28 (ESV)

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.

It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,
even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

We instinctively know how to look after our own best interests.  Fallen human nature tends to be highly attuned to the various ways it can extract comfort from the people and environments that surround us.

According to Jesus’ revelation, though, God intends for us to learn how to think about how we can cheerfully consider the needs of others before we grab for the chance to please our own selves.

He even set the perfect example of sacrificial service by giving up everything in order to reconnect us  with our Creator. The least we can do in return is to practice setting aside our self-focused attitudes and begin  to recognize the many opportunities we’ve been given to step out of the spotlight for the sake of another.

Just Wondering

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1 John 4:7-8 (ESV).
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
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Have you ever asked God to show you whether you truly know Him by the way you know love?