A Big Christmas Question:
IF God is truly real, what is the best way to relate to him?
We relate to Jesus as our Prophet, Shepherd, Priest and King.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. Isaiah 9:6-7 (Written over 500 years before the birth of Jesus.)
11 “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:11-14 NIV
What kind of KING is Jesus?
For the big and the small.
Available to call.
Shows up when I fall.
Has power over all.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14 NIV
3 SIMPLE TRUTHS THAT REGULARLY CONFRONT US
Life is harder than I think it should be.
Temptation is a constant reality.
Most of my pain is unexpected.
JESUS MY HIGH PRIEST
He had to be one of us, so he could serve God as our merciful and faithful high priest and sacrifice himself for the forgiveness of our sins. And now that Jesus has suffered and was tempted, he can help anyone else who is tempted. Hebrews 2:17-18 CEV
Jesus understands my pain and has the power to help.
Jesus understands my temptation has the power to forgive.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15 NIV
Jesus understands my weaknesses and has the grace I need.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV
I can know His voice.
1 “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
John 10:1-6 NRSV
2. I can trust His specific plan.
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.
John 10:7-9 NRSV
3. I can count on His provision.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 NRSV
4. I can rest in His life-giving love.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:11-15 NRSV
AS my Good Shepherd- Jesus speaks, Jesus saves, Jesus provides and Jesus loves me!
Responding to our Good Shepherd.
32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Luke 12:32-34 NLT
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this?” Matthew 8:27a NIV
They were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority. Luke 4:32 NASB
The prophetic words of Jesus
Reminds me of who I am.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. John 15:16a NIV
Informs me of where I am.
Calls me back to where I belong.
Shows me the hope of the way forward.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:13-20 NIV
How do I respond to the prophetic voice of Jesus
Confess and repent where I’ve chosen the wrong path.
Commit to allow God’s word to guide my future choices.
Choose to pursue a life of holy love.
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:1-3 NIV
What Child Is This?
1.Jesus, King of Kings
2.Jesus, My High Priest
3.Jesus, The Good Shepherd
4.Jesus, As Prophet