- Bible Trivia
- Our God Reigns (How Lovely On The Mountains)
- Good Christian Friends Rejoice
- Introduction· Isaac Watts – 800 hymns· Joy to the World – paraphrase of Psalm 98o Focuses on Christ as the fulfilment of Psalm 98o Preach on this text in 2018§ Posted text of that sermon to our Faithlife group§ Exegetical material not included in this sermon including reason why it is biblically appropriate to see Jesus as the fulfillment of Psalm 98.· Watts often wrote hymns on his sermon topics to be sung after the sermon. We will follow that pattern today – we will sing Joy to the World in its entirety.· Because the text of the hymn is a paraphrase of our biblical text, I will not reference the hymn text as much as in previous sermons in this series. Rather, I will focus my comments on the biblical text and when we sing the hymn, I believe we will make the connect between the hymn and the psalm naturally in our hearts and minds.· The Psalm calls us to:o Sing a new song to the Lord and tells us why we should do so.o Be joyful be for the king and tells how to do so.o Join all creation in singing together for joy and tells us the reason for our joy.· This morning I will briefly touch on each of these three actions Psalm 98 calls us to engage.Sing to the Lord a new song! (Vs. 1-3)· Why? (Vs. 1-3)o The Lord has done marvelous things – specifically 3 things§ His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.· The Lord uses his might and power to accomplish his purposes of salvation.· Our salvation is God’s design and only He can bring it about.§ The LORD had made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.· Through the birth of Jesus (God becoming one of us, to bear our sin) the LORD reveals and makes known his righteousness (covenant faithfulness.)to each ethnic group, all nations, throughout the entire world.§ The LORD remembered his love and faithfulness to Israel.· In keeping his covenant promises God proves his righteousness to the entire creation.· What we does this mean for us?o Do we see the marvelous things that God has done for us in Christ Jesus our Lord. The whole point of Advent and Christmas is to help us grasp the marvelous faithfulness of God to His people Israel to send a Messiah to save his people from their sins. Through faith in Jesus, we have been brought into all those covenant promises.o Does such great and marvelous grace call our hearts to sing for joy with a new song – for we are a new creation in Christ – each one of us is a unique new creation – and Jesus want to hear our unique song of joy to him! You sing to him using your voice to praise him in song and you can metaphorically sing to him by using the unique talents, gifts, and opportunities that God has given to you to declare the marvelous things that God has done for you and for the world through Jesus. In this way, we can alwaysBe Joyful Before the King (vs. 4-8)Our passage in verse 4-8 commands to bring our joyful worship to King Yahweh, to King Jesus. The implication is that when we bring our joyful worship to our King, we also joyfully submit ourselves to his rule and reign in our lives and over the entire creation human, animal, plant, geological and the unseen spiritual realm as well every square inch of everything everywhere belongs to our King.What does that joyful worship look like?o Singing – particularly new expressions of God’s saving works which can never be fully and finally capture in human terms.o Instruments – harp, trumpetso Proclamation – ram’s horn (shofar) – to signal something important is happening here.o The shofar was used to signal the troops in battle, it was also used in the coronation of Kings (as it connected with King Yahweh here). Most importantly for us it was used to announce the Day of Atonement. This was the day when the transgressions of God’s chosen people were banished by the slaughter of 1 goat for a purification offering and then high priest would lay his hands on the of another live goat’s head and confess over it all the sins of Israel, then the goat was led away into the wilderness as a visual symbol of the Lord removing the sins of his people from them.o Proclamation today – is the declaration of Gospel, God offered Christ Jesus as the sacrifice of atonement for our sins, and when we accept that sacrifice by faith all our sins are forgiven.o Bodily participation (clapping hands and other physical gestures)o Shouting with Joyo Our worship should be fresh, new, and passionate each time we gather.What holds us back from that kind of fresh, new, and passionate worship?o Our text suggest that the presence of joy for God might saving acts leads to passionate worship described here. Therefore, it’s opposite must also be true our the lack of such passion in worship is evidence of our lack of joy deep joy in the might saving acts of God.o Is this passage just call us to gin up our emotions – and go hog wild in a superficial display worship? No. Superficial emotion also lacks joy because joy as has a specific and deep-rooted foundation.o A lack of joy is a direct result of our failure to grasp the marvelous things that God has done in His saving work for us in Christ Jesus and fully plunging the depths of the implications of these marvelous acts of God for us personally, for our marriages, for our families, for our church family and for society at every level.What is the foundation that will call from us a natural joy that will translate to a genuine joy in worship?o We must see the beauty in what God has done for us in Jesus.o Tim Keller said, “religious folks find Jesus useful, but Christians find Jesus beautiful.”Where and how do we see the beauty of Jesus?Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:2 tells us, “For the joy set before him [Jesus] endured the cross, scorning its shame.” What was the joy that was set before Jesus? The joy of Jesus is you and me in a saving relationship with Him. Jesus endured the cross, scorning its shame because the joy of Jesus is our complete salvation. The joy of Jesus is our complete deliverance from every vestige of sin, death, and hell. The joy of Jesus is bringing you and me into the Father’s presence that the Father’s holy, righteous, blameless, glorious sons and daughters.This is beauty beyond our imagination. We can naturally have joy everyday because Jesus made us the focus of his joy the assurance of our joy. (Repeat)Hebrews 12:2 also assures us that the joy Jesus gives to us is a joy that exists within and ultimately swallows up our suffering.Religious people come to Jesus for happiness. If they sense Jesus is useful for that purpose that are willing to go along with what Jesus requires of them and live what looks like a Christian life. But when real evil and deep suffering strike religious folk their Christian pretense will not stand. Religious folk will turn from Jesus concluding that Jesus in not mighty enough, all-knowing enough, and simply not good enough to make them happy.Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.When real evil and deep suffering afflict the true Christian, we live in the beauty of our Savior Jesus Christ, who “for the joy set before him endured the cross, scouring its shame.” Scorning the evil and suffering that comes upon us, we count ourselves among the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 12:1 who fix their eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.For the joy set before us, we throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that entangles us and run with perseverance the race our heavenly Father, in his complete goodness marked out for us.What is the joy set before us?The Apostle describes it like this in Romans 8:1-2Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.Join all creation in singing for joy because the LORD comes to judge the earth (v.9)The final verse tells us why we should sing before the Lord. We join all creation in singing before the Lord because the LORD is coming to judge the earth. When King Jesus comes to judge the world in righteousness all his judgments will prove right, true, and just. Even those for whom his coming will be a terrible day will acknowledge the righteousness and equity of Jesus’ judgment. They will finally and fully realize the horror of their choice to live outside of his goodness and love. They will know the devastation of their choice to live outside the grace and mercy that was flowing to them in every moment of their lives. They turned from the pursuit of the joy in the Lord to pursuing the joy of this world which in the end shows its true self – the path to eternal misery.But for us his coming is beautiful beyond imagination. We will shout for joy on that day. Therefore, we should pray for and long for that day. On that day all things will be made right. The curse of the sin of humankind and its destructive effects will be broken as far as the curse is found!Our salvation will be fully complete. There will be no condemnation for we who are in Christ Jesus. With all creation we will shout out and sing for King Jesus rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love!Our joy will be complete because the joy of our King will fully realize His joy on that day when by “his hand and mighty are” He marvelously brings all His children home.Our joyful worship flows as fresh and new as a rushing mountain stream when we grasp that we are Jesus’ joy. This is a marvelous thing. This is the beauty of Jesus beyond imagination. This is Joy to the world!Kugler, C. (2014). Faith. In D. Mangum, D. R. Brown, R. Klippenstein, & R. Hurst (Eds.), Lexham Theological Wordbook. Lexham Press. Romans 3:25 Keller, T. Sermon: The Joy of Jesus. I am indebted to Keller for some of the concepts, expressions, and Scripture references within this section of the sermon.
- Go Tell It On The Mountain
- By Grace We Have Been Saved
- IntroductionRecap of Series3rd Sunday Prayer Emphasis - discernment of God’s will for our church familyAcknowledgement of sources if necessaryCome EmmanuelThis is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.Jesus is God with usJesus is God in us“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.We are created for Union with GodJohn 17:20–23 (NIV)“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.In complete union - unity - oneness with God - that then translates into unity with each other.Eldredge: praying hands IllustrationApplication:We mourn in lonely exile until the Son of God appears . . .There is a mourning and a longing until Jesus comes again to make all things new.There is a mourning until the life of the Son of God is fully formed in our lives . . .For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.Where do you need the life of the Son of God to be formed in your life? Where do you long to see the life of the Son of God formed in our church family?We can say to Jesus, Come Lord Jesus, and form your life in this area of my life. Come Lord Jesus and form your life in this are of our church family.Pray:Let us pray . . .O come Emmanuel, I believe you are alive in me. Form me into your image. I give myself completely to you, Jesus, to make me like you.Sing:O come, O come, Immanuel,and ransom captive Israelthat mourns in lonely exile hereuntil the Son of God appear.Refrain:Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuelshall come to you, O Israel.Come WisdomIsaiah says of Jesus: The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LordThe apostle Paul adds to thisbut to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.Jesus is the Wisdom of God alive in us.Isaiah tells us the Jesus is our Wonderful CounselHow does Christ counsel us in our everyday life? Primarily, through the His Word and the Holy Spirit. We hear or read God’s Word, and the Holy Spirit, who is the life of Jesus in us locks in our mind and heart to what he wants to teach us our how he wants to guide us. Our Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor. He knows all, controls and sustains all, he is available to us 24/7.James the brother of our Lord Jesus wrote these words,If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.God is for us, not against us. He wants us to flourish. He knows we need wisdom and he has give to us the life of Jesus in us to provide us with wisdom to love and obey him which always leads to our wellbeing.Application:In what area of your life do you need need the Wisdom of God today? Where do you sense that our church family needs the Wisdom of God?We can say to Jesus, Come Lord Jesus, be my wisdom in this area of my life. Come Lord Jesus our wisdom in this are of our church family.Pray:Let us pray . . .O come Wisdom, I believe you are alive in me. Form your wisdom in me. I give myself completely to you, Jesus, to shape my life according to your wise guidance through your Word and by the Holy Spirit.Sing:O come, O Wisdom from on high,who ordered all things mightily;to us the path of knowledge showand teach us in its ways to go.Refrain:Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuelshall come to you, O Israel.Come Mighty GodFor unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; … and his name shall be called … the mighty God. (Isaiah 9:6)Have your ever been afraid that Jesus, just might not come through for you? Fear not, Jesus is our Might God.Sometimes we hear it said, “God will not give us anything that we cannot handle.” We trust that what people mean to say is, "God will not gives anything we cannot handle without Him." We know through personal experience that God often, by design, gives us more than we can handle by ourselves. Our loving Father spends our whole life teaching us to depend not upon our own strength, our own intellect, and our own resources. He intentionally allows us to be in situations that require of us more than we have to give . . . so we will turn to him to supply that which we are lacking.John 15:5 (NIV)“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing” - nothing that will ultimately bring glory to God and secure your wellbeing. Apart from Jesus we can only do things for our own glory that will ultimately lead to our humiliation before God. God saves us from ourselves by from time to time and sometimes for long periods of time giving us more than we can handle so we learn complete dependency on our Might God who lives in us.It is interesting that our hymn directly associates Jesus with the appearance of Yahweh on Mount Sinai to Israel. In Ex 19 we read:On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.Jesus is Yahweh come in flesh and blood to keep his covenant promise to save his people from their sins.Remember, it was on the morning of the third day, Jesus with might and power arose for the dead! Jesus is our Mighty God rising in triumph over sin, death, and hell. We are held safely in His Almighty hands.Application:Are you in a situation today that is more than you can handle. Your Mighty God, Jesus is there to give you everything that you are lacking.We can say, Come Lord Jesus, be my might God in this area of my life. Come Lord Jesus be our mighty God in this aspect of our church family.Pray:Let us pray . . .O come Mighty God, I believe you are alive in me. Show your might and power to deliver me from all my sin, all my disappointments, and all my adversity. I give myself completely to you, Jesus, make me completely dependent on your mighty power for the honor of your glory and my wellbeing.Sing:O come, O come, great Lord of might,who to your tribes on Sinai's heightin ancient times did give the lawin cloud and majesty and awe.Refrain:Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuelshall come to you, O Israel.Come O Branch of JesseA shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.The angel Gabriel gave this message to the virgin Mary,You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”Though the line and lineage of David appeared to be decayed and dead, yet a little sap still lived in the dry roots, and a little sapling sprang out of it, a lad in Nazareth who grew up before the Lord as a Tender Plant from the stump of Jesse. In the coming of Jesus, Yahweh was faithful to his covenant promises to King David to establish King David’s throne forever (2 Sam. 7:16).We can trust that Jesus, our Branch of Jesse will keep his promises to us too. There are many wonderful promises in God’s Word to which Jesus will prove faithful and true, but perhaps not is more important than John 11:25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;It is upon this promise that we can state with confidence,I am not my own but, but belong - body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. Application: In what area are you struggling to believe that Jesus will deliver on all his good promises to you? Where are we struggling as a church family to believe that Jesus will show himself faithful and true our church family?We can say,Come Lord Jesus, show yourself faithful and true to all your the promises of your Word. Come Lord Jesus fulfill all the good promises of your Word for our church family.Let us pray . . .O come Branch of Jesse, I believe you are alive in me. Grow within me deep confidence that you will fulfill all your good promises to me. I give myself completely to you, Jesus, I belong to you Lord - body and soul in life and death. You are my faithful Savior who will surely keep all your promises to me.Sing:O come, O Branch of Jesse's stem,unto your own and rescue them!From depths of hell your people save,and give them victory o'er the grave.Refrain:Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuelshall come to you, O Israel.Come Key of DavidJesus says these words in the Book of Revelation to the church in PhiladelphiaRevelation 3:7–8 (NIV)These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.This fulfils the prophesy of found in Isaiah 22:22I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.The result of Jesus’ possession of the key of the House of David is that he can irreversibly open and shut the door. Christ, David’s descendant, can grant access to God’s presence and messianic kingdom and he our Key of David has open to us us access to God and His Kingdom. Jesus tells the saints in PhiladelphiaRevelation 3:11–12 (NIV)I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it.O weary soul, Jesus says hold on to what you have! What do we have to hold on to? We have the our union with the Life of Jesus in us; which is the evidence that we belong to him. We we are tired, troubled, discourage, in pain, sick, or dying Jesus says “hold on to me” you are safe in my Mighty arms, I am coming soon to save you completely and you will be crowned with glory in my presence.For I am . . .The Bright and Morning StarBefore the rising of the sun, before the dawn of time I am your “Bright and Morning Star.” who leads you out of the darkness into my glorious light.I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.John 8:12 (NIV)“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”Come King of NationsAnd so shall we join our voices with the voices of those who “held own to what we have”and have proven themselves victorious by the word of their testimony and the blood of the Lamb, and we shall lift our voices in praiseRevelation 15:3–4 (NIV)“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”O Come to EmmanuelIn all His Names Jesus communicates to us that he love us, that He is 100% commited to our total wellbeing, and he want us to experience his deep love for us every day of our lives and then forever into eternity.Jesus calls to us and says, “O come, O come to me Emmanuel”“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Would you stand pray with our words and in song to our Emmanuel, God with us.Pray:Key of David we come to you, hold us safe until we see you face to face. Bright and Morning Star, we look for the glory of your presence shining upon us and through us. King of the Nations, we pledge to you our loyal devotion. Help us to do your will until you show yourself to the world as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen. Sing:5 O come, O Key of David, comeand open wide our heavenly home.Make safe for us the heavenward roadand bar the way to death's abode. [Refrain]6 O come, O Bright and Morning Star,and bring us comfort from afar!Dispel the shadows of the nightand turn our darkness into light. [Refrain]7 O come, O King of nations, bindin one the hearts of all mankind.Bid all our sad divisions ceaseand be yourself our King of Peace. [Refrain] Morgan, R. J. (2009). He shall be called: 150 names of jesus and what they mean to you. New York City, NY: FaithWords. HC Q&A 1 Mangum, D. (Ed.). (2020). Lexham Context Commentary: New Testament (Re 3:7–13). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press. Morgan (2009).
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