Moore Church of God

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Prophecies of Christ’s Coming

Bro. David Chancellor
1/30/2011 6:00 PM

Sunday PM Service

Isaiah 11:1-5

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Christ was both the Son of Man and the Son of God.  While we can receive many things from him and be like him, we will always look up to him because his qualities went beyond what was human.  He should be high and lifted up, the great one.  It helps us to know he was sent of God.

The Spirit of God would be upon him. “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears” God was in Christ and helped him see through a lot of things.  He had great wisdom and understanding.  He could answer questions before they were asked.

God can give discernment to his people and help us to see through some things.  We don’t have it to the same degree Christ did, and we look up to him in this.  Jesus judged righteous judgment.  “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” All God has to do is say, “Enough,” and it’s done.  Think of when God’s judgment came on Ananias and Sapphira.  God’s judgment is there to take care of us if we’ll put our trust in him.

“And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.” Jesus was faithful to God in all He did.  We realize the greatness and wonder of who Christ was.  The Spirit of the Lord worked all through his life.  He was the Son of God.  Because God was in Him we can have God with us.

Jesus is the ideal.  It doesn’t get any better than Him.

Isaiah 40:9-11

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

“O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” Behold your God! “Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” God is both great and mighty and possessed of real tenderness.  This tenderness is toward us.  He’s there to carry us through the hard places of life.  We need God’s help.  He sent Jesus to draw us to Him.  Jesus had great inner strength and a tender touch.  He helps when we get weary.  He carries us through the roughest, toughest part of life.

Isaiah 42:1-4

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

God was delighted with Jesus. “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” Jesus came for all mankind, not just for the Jews.

Jesus spoke plainly, but he didn’t have to promote himself.  He was the best and people took note when he worked the works of God.  He was already lifted up by the Spirit of God.  He was able to reach out and meet people’s needs.

“A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.” Jesus wasn’t going to step on anyone to get to the top.  He came and was what God made Him to be.  Jesus comes and encourages and fans the flame.  He brings out the best there is in us.  He worked on us to bring us to Him.

“He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.” Jesus encountered many discouraging things.  He showed us to draw on God when discouragement comes.  He pronounced deliverance to us.  His judgment is for our good.  He came to set people free.  He came to give us the strength to look out for the “little guy”.  Jesus did not fail.  He accomplished what he came to do.  He set up his kingdom while he was here.

He went to the Father to be our intercessor.  Yes, he’s coming back again, but it will be to receive what he has done.  Keep walking with God and serving Him.  Jesus was quiet, gentle and persevering.  Because he did we can have peace in our souls.

Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

This is unquestionably about Jesus.  He read it in the synagogue and said it was fulfilled in Him.  Jesus came to proclaim all these things to us.  He will always be beyond us, especially in these things.  He has done these things.  He came to set us free from all that would bind us and give us eternal life.  He came to give beauty for ashes.  They were bringing their best and beautiful in sacrifice and reducing it to ashes because of sin.  Because Jesus came we no longer do sacrifices.  We’ve found the beauty of holiness.  The holy life is a beautiful life.  The sinful life is a cheapened life.  Focus on God and live for him.

We don’t have to go on mourning; we can be reconciled to God through Christ.  Joy comes with Christ.  It is lasting.  We can know everything is right between us and God.  The sins can be put under the blood and be gone forever.

We should have praise for God.  God isn’t glorified when you act like serving him is a burden.  He came to remove the burden and give worship for God.  We have something to sing about.  We might miss out if we don’t enter into it and express from the heart.  We want to sing and give praise to God.  It’s the outpouring of the Spirit within.  We can have joy in place of heaviness.  When God has brought joy, why keep it bottled up inside?  We should be able to sing anywhere (with the exception that we’re not out to cause a disruption).

When we compare the wonder of salvation to the old law, we can thank God for Jesus.  The disciples did what Jesus said they would do; they started at Jerusalem and carried the gospel to the whole world.  Once it got to the Gentiles, it spread across the whole world.

If you couldn’t have the New Testament, Isaiah has Jesus in it.  It seems obvious to us, but so many didn’t see it.  God used the prophecies to show that Jesus was coming to live and show us how to have salvation and live for God.  Jesus came and was faithful.  He brought us new life.  Lift Him up in your life.

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