Here is the outline from our Christmas Series on the Cast of Christmas:
“He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose Him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, He was sent to the earth for all to see. And He did this for you.” 1 Peter 1:19-20
see also: Isaiah 53
1. THE PROPHETS: PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE MESSIAH
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15
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2. PREPARATION BEGINS WITH REPENTANCE.
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:2
John says, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Matthew 3:8
“I baptize you with water for repentance.” Matthew 3:11
“A broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Psalm 51:17
3. PREPARATION INCREASES WITH EXPECTATION.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
4. PREPARATION BRINGS FRUIT.
“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught. 14 Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” Isaiah 29:13-14
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