Worship Service Livestream
December 3, 2023
Welcome and Announcements
Prayer of Invocation
Advent Hymn (Watching Waiting Longing)
Scripture Reading and Prayer - Deuteronomy 18:15-18; Hebrews 1:1-3
O Come All Ye Faithful
Pastor's Message - Jesus the Prophet
When Jesus Speaks
15 "The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen; to him you shall listen.
16 This is in accordance with everything that you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, 'Do not let me hear the voice of the Lord my God again, and do not let me see this great fire anymore, or I will die!'
17 And the Lord said to me, 'They have spoken well.
18 I will raise up for them a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them everything that I command him.
1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom He also made the world.
3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Sermon Notes - Jesus the Prophet
- Both the Old and New Testaments give witness that Jesus was, not a prophet, but the prophet, a description of the Messiah. Jesus, the Messiah, fulfilled a prophetic role.
- The primary purpose of the prophet was not to foretell but to forth-tell. A biblical prophet was someone who spoke for God. God gave the prophets His message and they were to accurately relay and communicate the message they had been given.
- A prophet was God's mouthpiece to the people, and it was God's word that was to be communicated. Jesus was Messiah the prophet of whom God said, "you shall listen to Him."
JESUS SPOKE THE WORDS OF GOD
- Jesus fulfilled the role of prophet by speaking the words of the Father. What Jesus had heard the Father speak, He spoke.
- When you read through the prophetic books in the Old Testament you will discover the common and unifying theme of a call to repentance in order to avoid God's pending judgment not only on Israel for her idolatry, but on other nations as well because of their sin. The prophetic books are a reminder of a consistent, immutable truth, that the wages of sin is death, a consequence that was realized in the Garden of Eden and one that has continued on down through all of human history to our present day.
- Jesus came with a message - a gospel of peace in which we, estranged from God because of our sin, can be made right with God.
- Just like the Old testament prophets whose message of judgement was interlaced with a promise of hope and restoration that looked forward to the future coming of the Messiah who would setup Israel's glorious kingdom, the message of Jesus was also a message of hope because Jesus brought the kingdom of God with Him. To believe in Him was to enter the kingdom because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Him.
- Jesus brought the message of God's love and forgiveness to a lost world. It is the message of salvation. He is the Prophet who speaks the truth of God's grace that though the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD
- The completed, message of God is in a Person. Jesus is God's Word. Jesus is God's final and full revelation and superior to all previous revelations.
- It is worth mentioning that the tense of the word "spoke" means that God has finished speaking both through the prophets and in His Son. Jesus is not just God's Word; He is God's final Word.
- He is God's Word in visible form, which is what the author means by, "He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature…"
- The meaning of Christmas is far more significant than a birthday party. It is the moment in human history when God, the Creator of the universe entered into His creation as a human being. In Jesus the Son, the eternal God, without laying aside His deity, took on humanity and became man. Jesus the Word of God became flesh. Jesus is our Prophet because He spoke the words of God and He is the Word of God.