This coming Lord’s Day Joe Flahive will be preaching. Please pray for Joe as he prepares to deliver God’s Word to all those in attendance on Sunday morning. You can read his sermon preview below…
As we gather to worship this Lord’s Day we will be provided with the opportunity to prepare our hearts to remember the greatest event to ever have taken place in all of creation’s history, God taking on human flesh and sojourning for a season on earth to reconcile sinful man to himself. As the gospel writers recorded the events of Immanuel’s (God with us) earthly ministry, we see them note over 200 metaphors to describe his glorious attributes, the majority of which he originated himself; Bread of Life, Good Shepherd, Resurrection and Life, I Am, Gate, Truth, Way, etc. One of these metaphors, which came from the last OT prophet, John the Baptist, speaks volumes of God’s plan for redemption established in eternity past … “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29b) In this phrase John uttered upon seeing Christ approach, he proclaims three things about Jesus. (1) Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God, so pointing all humanity to the great sacrifice by which he would make atonement for sin, thereby reconciling men to God. In John’s mind would be the daily sacrifice of lambs, which Israel offered every morning and evening, as a covering for the nation’s sins. Also, would be the paschal lamb, the blood of which, being sprinkled upon the doorposts had rescued the Israelites from the destroying angel during the Exodus. (2) Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world. John had called people to repent of their sin. He now points to Jesus Christ as the final sacrifice by which man’s sins may be eternally forgiven upon their repentance. (3) Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God that bears the sin of the world. Christ had come to bear himself the just wrath of God due the sins of the many he came to save. As the scape-goat had the sins of Israel placed upon it’s head then led into the wilderness never to be seen again, so Christ would “be made sin” on behalf of those he came to save that their “transgressions might be remembered no more.” As we consider this metaphor we will endeavor to look through the eyes of John the Baptist that we too may glean the eternal truths of the “baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” and so worship and serve him as Lord and King.
Sermon Title: “Behold, The Lamb Of God”
Sermon Text: Luke 2:8-20
Meditation Passage: Psalm 148
Call To Worship: Isaiah 53:1-7
Benediction: Isaiah 9:2-7
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