Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sermon for 12/15/13 "Elijah and the Kingdom" Matthew 11

Jesus calls John the Baptist “Elijah” - the one prophesied who would come to prepare the way for the Messiah. He points us to the very end of time. That’s what we are crying out for during this season of Advent. Lord, come, even now.

Looking for the end of time?
Hoping for green pastures
all that is good and wonderful
finally the Lord will take care of everything
 blooms in the wilderness
 joy and singing
 strong hands
 leaping and rejoicing
 deaf shall hear
 blind shall see
 dead will be raised up
Wait a minute - the dead?
Everybody wants to go to heaven.
We all want the time when all is well
 no more shame
 no more pain
 no more crying
 no more dying
Are we ready for God’s judgment?
 sin will not survive
 When God brings the end of this troubled life, he brings it through death.

How did John the Baptist feel about this?
 in prison
 enduring torture
 expecting death
 Are you the Messiah?

What does Jesus do?
 healing - with each person he heals he draws closer to his own suffering
 forgiving - taking the sin and guilt of the people upon himself
 raising the dead - bringing himself to his death

Get ready for that millennial kingdom - Jesus has taken all God’s wrath and judgment upon himself. He gives us the healing, forgiveness, and life that we need.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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