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Worship Communion 3rd Sunday of Advent
Week from December 12 to December 17, 2016
“Believe that the Messiah is coming!”
Introduction: The advent of the Messiah Savior of the world is expected through faith. For “to have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see” Heb.11:1. And since faith involves not walking by sight (2 Cor.5:7), Jesus said: “happy are those who believe without seeing” Jn.20:29. What is to be believed is based on what God’s word says about the advent of the Messiah, as it is written: “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” Acts 1:11.
Monday 12: Believe that the Messiah is coming!
“For the mouth of the Lord has spoken” Is.40:5b.
Reading 1: Mt.1:18-25. Reading 2: Is.40:3-8. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Is.40:5.
Introduction: It is written: “For no word from God will ever fail” Lk.1:37, that is, every word that He spoke through all his prophets and messengers. Today’s message is the assurance that the Messiah will come, and He will come for his people in the first place, for those who believe in Him and his word. This is the revelation given through the angels, which we also receive with faith and thanksgiving: “This very day in David’s town your Savior was born – Christ the Lord!” Lk.2:11.
Tuesday 13: The Messiah is coming to forgive sin.
“Proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for”Is.40:2b.
Reading 1: Jn.3:16-17. Reading 2: Is.40:1-2. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Is.40:1-2.
Introduction: Because God does not want to lose any of his people, He sent the Messiah to forgive their sins and to reconcile them with His Father. In this regard, it is written: “God was making the whole human race his friends through Christ. God did not keep an account of their sins” 2 Cor.5:19a. And just as the Lord said: “I desire mercy” (Hos.6:6), Jesus also said: “For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its Savior” Jn.3:17. Dear friends, isn’t this a great and rejoicing news?
Wednesday 14: The Messiah is coming to comfort Israel his people.
“Say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’” Is.40:9.
Reading 1: Mt.9:32-38. Reading 2: Is.40:9-10Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Is.40:9.
Introduction: God’s heart is compassionate towards the people He created and chose, therefore He sent his anointed Messiah to seek and save the lost (Lk.19:10). The coming of the Messiah is a great comfort for the people of Israel, because it means that God has not forgotten nor forsaken them, especially in their time of trouble and suffering. Jesus said to comfort and to encourage his people: “You will not be left all alone; I will come back to you” Jn.14:18, “Your sadness will turn into gladness” Jn.16:20.
Thursday 15: The kingdom of the Messiah is to be seized.
“The kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence” Mt.11:12.
Reading2: Heb.11:24-34. Reading 2: Mt.11:11-15.Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Mt.11:12.
Introduction: It is by faith that the kingdom of God is seized by violence and gets rooted in the heart. This involves letting Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace, rule and command an everlasting peace. In this regard, it is written: “His royal power will continue to grow, his kingdom will always be at peace. He will rule as King David’s successor” Is.9:6a. Having Jesus as Lord and Savior is our most precious inheritance from God; He is a guarantee for peace.
Friday 16: Believe the Holy Spirit’s revelation about the Messiah.
“But prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” 2 Pet.1:21b.
Reading 1: Mt.10:16-20. Reading 2 : 2 Pet.1:19-21. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: 2 Pet.1:21.
Introduction:The Holy Spirit reveals the Messiah, for “God is spirit” Jn.4:24a. This is what Jesus the Messiah said: “The Helper will come – the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the Father, I will send Him to you from the Father, and He will speak about me” Jn.15:26. And He added: “When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, He will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but He will speak of what He hears, and will tell you of things to come” Jn.16:13.
Saturday 17: Prepare the way for the Messiah.
“Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him” Lk.3:4.
Reading 1: Mal.3:1-4. Reading 2: Lio.3:1-6. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching2: Lio.3:4.
Introduction: Surely Jesus will come and take those who belong to Him (Mt.25:34). He wants all of them to enter in the fold of his kingdom (Jn.10:16). Yet Jesus said: “But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when He comes?”Lk.18:8. Because God wants all men to be saved, so this is the prayer of the Spirit: “May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being – spirit, soul and body – free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thes.5:23.
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