Advent 2017 – Week I

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Sermon Notes

Themes: (Purple – prophecy of/fulfillment of the covenantal promises of God, The King of kings)

  • HOPE: Liberation from distress/rescue (shame, grief and despair), inclusion (especially to the Jew and Gentile/Rich and Poor/. . .)
  • LONGING: Dissatisfaction with the present world/age (yet full of gratitude for what one has), strong desire for the better estate/what God holds out to us
  • EAGER ANTICIPATION: Expectant of great change, joy of imminent receipt, sensing the fullness of time, possessing Good News, seeing the harvest
  • LOOKING TOWARD THAT DAY: Belief in the power of God to keep His promises, God the Almighty Creator making all things new, seeing the LORD glorious
  • VIGILANT WAITING: Living as one expectant, watchful, prayerful, obedient/faithful, belief, standing/overcoming

{Isaiah 9:1-7, Isaiah 42:1-9 & Isaiah 61:1-7}
Isaiah 42:1-9
“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold ; My chosen one in whom My soul delights.

  • Matthew 3:16-17 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

“I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;

  • Matthew 9:35-36 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
  • Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
  • Matthew 5:3-5 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.”

“He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.” Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it, “I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon And those who dwell in darkness from the prison. I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”