This week we are privileged to welcome Dr. Randy Adams, Executive Director of the Northwest Baptist Convention. Dr. Adams has served our convention since May of 2013. Before that he served for 28 years as a pastor in Texas and Oklahoma. Dr. Adams is continuing our Advent series this Sunday and bringing us a message of hope.
In Matthew, we see Jesus presented as the fulfillment of God's covenant promises. The book of Matthew starts by tracing Jesus' royal heritage back to king David and then Abraham. Jesus is the long awaited descendant and blessed King that God had promised to both David and Abraham.
The means of Jesus' magnificent incarnation are dazzling and purposeful. And they point forward to a life filled with eternal cosmic significance. The Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem would later lay his life down as a substitute for sinners, atoning for sin that was not his own.
In Matthew 1:18-25, the Son of God is given two names, Jesus and Immanuel. In this message, we focus on the name Immanuel, which means, God with us. In the person of Jesus, God is present, having drawn near to be with us, his redeemed people.
In Matthew chapter one we read the reason for which Jesus was sent, "he will save his people from their sins". Jesus is the only one who could redeem us from our sin because he is magnificently unique as being simultaneously God and man. Matthew describes Jesus' birth as the fulfillment of God's prophecy through Isaiah.
This week Pastor Matthew discusses how Christians should think, feel and pray in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Herod sought Jesus with selfish motives. Rather than worship Jesus and meet the King of glory, he became obsessed with his own prideful ambitions. Often we too seek Jesus not to worship Him for who He is, but instead we seek Him to get something from him. Blessed are they that seek Jesus to know and worship Him.
Though Herod sought to destroy Jesus, God protected him and directed his path that salvation would come to his people. In this passage we continue to see how Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies.
After 400 years of silence since the prophet Malichi, God speaks to the people of Israel. John the Baptist comes onto the scene proclaiming a message of repentance and pointing to the coming ministry of Christ. This message described how God would draw near to his people and identify them, no longer through ethnicity, but through his awesome act of mercy received by repentance and faith. This message spread beyond the boundaries of Israel to the world and continues still today as God calls all nations to confess, repent, and be baptized.
In an astonishing act of humility, Jesus comes forward to be baptized by John the Baptist to “fulfill all righteousness”. Indeed, this was the reason Jesus came, to perfectly fulfill the requirements of the law so that we might become the righteousness of God.