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Jesus Is Our Great High Priest

Jesus is our great high priest who offers Himself for our atonement, which means He steps in on our behalf and pays the penalty and consequence for our sin.

As our great high priest we 1) hold fast our confession of Jesus as the prophet, priest and king and 2) we draw near to Him. Jesus sympathizes with us in our weakness and our prayers, efforts are met with kindness and compassion.

He’s Not Here! A Theology of Remembrance

Harvard Professor Ernest Wright said this: in biblical faith everything depends upon whether the central events actually occurred or not.

In Luke 24:1-12 we see one of the central truths of the message of Christianity: the empty tomb!

Scripture: Luke 24:1-12

The Fame of the Crucified King

Calvin Miller said, “It’s difficult to look at a naked, beaten man and see anything kingly about him. How odd that in the fullness of time, Herod would be remembered a tyrant but the naked, beaten man he studied would rule the hearts of millions.”

Let’s look at Luke 23 and see how the Crucified One became the Famous One.

Scripture: Luke 23;36-56; John 18:37

 

A Clear Vision Of Tomorrow Clarifies My Choices Today

In Luke, Jesus is sharing some things about the future that are intended to instill comfort in an otherwise uncomfortable climate/culture/context; confidence and hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. But also, He tells them because He wants them to know that His words are what brings peace.

Scripture: Luke 5:7-38

 

Who Is This Jesus?

Christ is the great central fact of the world’s history. To him, everything looks forward or backward. All the lines of history converge upon him. All the great purposes of God culminate in him. The greatest and most momentous fact that the history of the world records is the fact of his birth.

Our 2016 Christmas Day service message.

Scripture: Luke 2:21-42

Who Is This Jesus?

Emmanuel came to little Bethlehem because there simply was no other way to fix what sin had broken. Jesus tells us in Luke 2:21-42 that He is the Divine Son and the He’s about His Father’s business: saving sinners. When you have a heavenly interruption in your life, your life is altered forever. Jesus is that heavenly interruption.

Our 2016 Christmas Eve service message.

Scripture: Luke 2:21-42

God: Keeper of Promises

How would you finish the following sentence? I never thought I’d see the day when _________________.

Simeon, in Luke 2:22-40 declares that his eyes have finally see the salvation of the Lord! Simeon would have finished the sentence in this manner: I never thought I’d see the day when God’s salvation would be staring right back at me! Praise the Lord!

Scripture: Luke 2:22-40

 

Trust the Word of God

In the angel Gabriel’s interaction with Zechariah we see the declaration that the people of Israel had been waiting for: the coming of the Rescuer/Deliverer! Zechariah’s son was going to be the guy to present Jesus to the world, yet Zechariah didn’t believe the words of God. Let’s not follow Zechariah’s example by believing and trusting in what God has written down for us in the Bible.

Are you trusting in the word of God?

Scripture: Luke 1:5-25

 

What Do You Sing About?

What would you celebrate wildly and without inhibition? Someone who had cancer but hears the word, “you’re cancer free”? Someone who you’ve been praying for to become a Christian and they finally come to a saving knowledge of Jesus? There are a number of events that we would celebrate wildly and without inhibition; there would be an outburst of emotion! This is how we should read Luke 1:39-56 as Mary is singing to God for the gracious acts He has done, namely, that she would bear a son named Jesus, who would be the Savior and King of the world.

Scripture: Luke 1:39-56

 

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Our confidence, trust and hope should be in the person of Jesus not what we bring to the table (i.e. our spiritual resumes). The Apostle Paul had an impressive resume but eventually came to a point where he realized he needed to trust and rest solely in Jesus not in his performance.

What are you trusting in? What are you resting in? Where is your hope?

Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11