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Preacher: Pastor Tony Simpson. Passage: Philippians 3 vv17-21. We are citizens of heaven now, yet we are not in heaven but on earth. While we are on the earth we are to follow the examples of faithful men whilst eagerly awaiting our Lord Jesus Christ's return when he will transform our bodies to be like his glorious body.
Preacher: Pastor Tony Simpson. The names Jesus and Immanuel were to be given to the child to be born because they described why he was coming into the world and who he was.
This sermon looks at the fullfillment of the Isaiah's Prophecy by our Saviour and his suffering and sufficiency.
Complacency, that wasting human disease, leads us to let slip the important things; to close our eyes while our cherished things fritter away, to lose sight of the goal and drop the ball when we should be running to victory. In Isaiah 42, Israel is described as a servant of God. In chapter 48 God calls His people to listen up. Now God's stiff-necked, hard headed servant has let him down, become complacent. So now God calls a new servant, whose task is to restore Israel. What is this new servant like? He is honoured in God's eyes. His task is salvation not just to Israel and Jacob, but to the ends of the Earth; He is to be a light to the Gentiles - to US.
James and John and being a servant.
What makes a wise man wise? A wise person knows they haven't got all the answers - they asks questions! They want to learn and seek out truth wherever they can. It seems that the wise men of the nativity story were astrologers from countries somewhere to the east of Israel. These people spent their lives studying and enquiring. These men saw the significance of the signs they saw and from their research knew roughly where to look. By contrast, Herod's Jewish advisers, with all their knowledge, needed to look in scripture to find out that the King of the Jews was to be born in Bethlehem. The wise men asked, listened and acted to find the truth and in so doing showed us that this king of the Jews was to be the king for all who would bow down to Him; the king for you and for me.
Jesus fulfills all the Old Testament prophecies.