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Handeling Christmas: The Forerunner

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In Isaiah 40 there is a dramatic pivot. The first 39 chapters have been filled with messages of prophetic doom and judgment. However, in chapter 40 God commands Isaiah to bring a message of hope and comfort to Jerusalem. Although judgment is coming, God reveals that salvation will follow in its heels. That deliverance will be foreshadowed by a messenger who will prepare the way of the LORD. In Malachi 3:1-3 we learn about the forerunner and the one to follow Him. The messenger is clearly pointing towards John the Baptist. But the messenger of the covenant is not John – this messenger is Jesus. It is John who heralds Jesus’ ministry. But it is Jesus who comes to the Temple and ultimately becomes the one to purify the sons of Levi and ultimately to purify all sinful souls that seek Him.

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Handeling Christmas: The Forerunner

  1. 1. Handeling Christmas
  2. 2. Handeling Christmas Series Outline • The Forerunner • The Virgin • The Light • The Son • The Shepherd
  3. 3. Handeling Christmas First Point The Promise of the Forerunner was a message of comfort. ReadIsaiah40:1-5
  4. 4. Handeling Christmas 1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. (Mal. 3:1-2)
  5. 5. Handeling Christmas 3 A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. (Isa. 40)
  6. 6. Handeling Christmas Isaiah 40:5 5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
  7. 7. Handeling Christmas Second Point The Forerunner is a messenger who prepares the way for a greater messenger. ReadMalachi3:1-3
  8. 8. Handeling Christmas Malachi 3:1 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
  9. 9. Handeling Christmas The Messenger of the Covenant • His coming is hard to endure. • He is like a refiner’s fire. • He is like a “fuller’s soap”. • He purifies the “sons of Levi”
  10. 10. Handeling Christmas Being a Fuller was the ultimate dirty job.
  11. 11. Handeling Christmas Third Point The promises of the two messengers are fulfilled by the two babies of Christmas. ReadLuke1:5-17
  12. 12. Handeling Christmas A Word from Elizabeth
  13. 13. Handeling Christmas Matthew 11 8 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
  14. 14. Handeling Christmas 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet?Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’
  15. 15. Handeling Christmas

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