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The Preparation For Christ's Coming - Part 2

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December 17, 2021 12:00 am

The Preparation For Christ's Coming - Part 2

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December 17, 2021 12:00 am

Regardless of the timing of Christ’s return, every believer should serve the Lord here and now.

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Welcome to the intense podcasting town family for Friday, December 17 just to record in Israel's past that speaks to the theater today you get a glimpse of the countless details not arranged and revealed in preparation for Christ's coming back. You should ask someone will what kind of preparation that God makes for the coming of his song will most folks would probably think in terms of Mary and Joseph coming from Nazareth down the Bethlehem, the Angels were there a few things like that.

But when Paul said in the fullness of time.

The apostle Paul understood this infinite preparation that God the father had made in arranging for this very special night which you and I call Christmas night. So as you and I look at this preparation I want you to see several things one of which is God's great providential hand in guiding and controlling the affairs of man in order to bring about this very special time which ultimately changed the course of human history and which is change the destiny of all of laws who believers well that preparation first began. If you will with the prophets and if you think about all the prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Most of the study Bibles have a list of all those prophecies and the fulfillment but want us to think about those prophecies were just a moment. First of all, those prophecies usually came in one of two ways either as a result of a proclamation of one of God's chosen servants, whom we call prophets in the Old Testament and the New Testament and usually they would proclaim some message from God. For example, Isaiah being one of them of Micah Zechariah that many of them but probably one of the most frequently mentioned of all is the one in Isaiah when he said therefore the Lord himself will give you a son, behold, a virgin will be with child, and bear a son, and she shall call his name Emmanuelle. We know that is a word of prophecy concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. While the Old Testament is full of those so often times it was a word of proclamation. A word of prophecy. But secondly, God gave those prophecies through symbols one of which the most pronounced one is the symbol of a lamb all through the Old Testament the shedding of the blood of the Lamb was a symbol of the coming of the Messiah and you recall the very first book of the Bible with the very first family after they had seen, the Bible says that God covered them with skins and the implication is the death of an animal. The shedding of blood.

The very beginning prophecy of the Messiah and throughout all the Old Testament, the shedding of the blood without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.

God has set forth the Lamb as his picture is a picture of prophecy of the coming of the Messiah and the question is why did God give those prophecies to begin with. What in the just when his time was right and he knew what his time schedule was why didn't Jesus Christ just come up on the scene. Let that be one of the reasons is that God, in the very beginning began to give manhole of a new life of a new beginning of a new relationship and he called them the Messiah so God gave man that hope when did that hope begin was about us as well must've began with the Old Testament prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, the real truth is that that hope began in the first book of the Bible with the first family in chapter 3 when God himself said to Satan, Satan, you will bruise his heel. That is the heel of the one who would come through the woman, and he says, but he will bruise your head, that is, you will be ultimately destroyed and ultimately conquered and it's interesting the way God said this, he says I will put enmity between you and the woman.

The wickedness and between your seed and her seed women don't have see just a little implication of the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. God gave those prophecies as words of hope. He also gave them because they're given so accurately so precisely beginning even with the first family he gave them in order that when the Messiah came, they would be a way of identifying him as the Messiah rather than for the people to be fooled into believing that many of those who came by his teachers and so-called messiahs.

They would follow him. So he gave those prophecies as a means of identifying the true prophet and that's why all of these prophecies are so meticulously fulfilled every single one of it's interesting also, when you look at these prophecies how God divinely protected them. For example, there is one incident that happened in the Old Testament where it appeared almost as if God's whole plan for redeeming mankind and his whole prophecy of a coming Messiah will all go down the drain. When God sent the flood every single family phase there. It was destroyed except Noah's family and he saved the messianic genealogical line through one of those son then. For example, you go all through the Old Testament and once in a while you'll find Satan working in such a fashion as if to destroy God's great plan, but as you look at these prophecies and you see how God protected them all over the Old Testament. It is a witness of God's sovereign control of the affairs of men and in the universe and how meticulously God works to fulfill every dot and every cross every T of every single prophecy he is given to listen what the Bible says in Luke chapter 2 now it came about in those days the decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and all were proceeding to register for the senses. Everyone to his own city. That is where they were born and Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called what would you guess Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was with child and it came about that while they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth and she gave birth to her's firstborn son, and she wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the end, and in the same region. There were some shepherds staying out of the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night and an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terribly frightened and the angel said to them, do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good news of of a great joy which shall be for all the people for the day in the city of David there has been born for you a savior who is Christ Messiah, the Lord, and this will be a son for you.

You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger and suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased that Caesar Augustus thought he made the decision you who made the decision God the father made the decision listen from eternity past, God the father decreed whoever that Roman Emperor was in Gardner who he would be he bought on a certain day make a decree, that decree will affect the man and woman, a woman who was already pregnant with the child. That decree will also effect wise men who were coming from the east following the star having been students of the students of Daniel so that only given time God so decreed through this moment Caesar that Mary and Joseph would end up on the night of the birth of Jesus Christ, not in their home of Nazareth but in Bethlehem, those wise men following the star would go to Nazareth they go to Bethlehem the angel of the Lord, announced the presence of the Messiah. Listen to what he said the angel said unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Listen, Christ the Lord, who is Christ. Christ is the Messiah, the Lord, when you look at how God managed and move men nations civilizations and even the heavens to bring about at a given time. The birth of our Savior. I will tell you my friend. If you reject the Lord Jesus Christ who is man's only hope of salvation. You remember this that Almighty God in eternity past meticulously protected every single prophecy moved men nations civilizations and even the heavens to bring about the perfection of the birth of his only begotten son to reject his son is the sin above all sins man can possibly commit and listen to what he says back now to Galatians chapter 4 Paul has said all that to say in the fullness of the time that God decreed before the foundation of the world that his Messiah, our Savior, our Lord would be born. Here's what he says but when the fullness of the time came. Here's what God did. God sent forth, not an angel but his only begotten son, John 316 God sent forth his only begotten son, born of a woman virgin born of Mary, born under the law. That is, under the Jewish Lord Jesus was born. Listen in order that that is listen to this, God arranged all of these affairs from the very beginning of time, and even beyond the beginning of time. God arranged all of these affairs moving nations people, civilizations and stars in order to do what listen to this in order that he might redeem you and me who were under the law, that he might save us from the legalism and the futility of attempting to keep the law, saving us from enslavement to sin, and he says that you and I might receive the adoption of sons that you and I will no longer be as he says in Ephesians, aliens, foreigners, strangers to the Commonwealth of God's divine eternity, but he says having done what having so redeemed us that we have now become the sons and daughters of the living God and listen to what he says. Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and it was found in an heir of God to things and what you notice in the book of Ephesians multiview will in Ephesians chapter 1 he says in verse 13 in Christ you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation having also believed, you were sealed in him with the Holy Spirit of promise. That's what is referring to when he says listen because you are now sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his son into our hearts, crying, father father not only that, the back, if you will to verse 11. Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestinated according to his great purpose who works all things after the counsel of his will. You think about this. This is how much God loves you and me that out yonder in eternity past God moved men nations civilizations and heavens in order to bring about what to bring about the birth of his only begotten son, and when the Lord Jesus Christ was born redemption for mankind was born you and I have now been adopted into the kingdom of God. But as many as received him, to them gave me the power to become what the sons and daughters of the living God, and he says not only that, having become the sons and daughters of the living God. We now have become joint heirs of God's great inheritance which he has provided for his son so that everything God is been working down the disinterest and eternity past is in order to make you and me, the sons of the living God and that we might enjoy the inheritance of God in order that Ephesians chapter 3 says in the future days that all of the angels will bow down in praise and glory and honor to God the father as they see and witness's as the trophies of God's grace as witness and testimony of God's great glorious grace manifested to sinners when the day he saved us through the blood of his only begotten son.

Everything in history and the Bible says God loves sinners and is willing to save them just the way they are. That's what Christmas is all about someone to go back to my warning, my friend, if you rejected. I don't care what your excuses if you did not him the right to save you and become the Lord of your life, you say well know this mechanisms what your excuses, I would you think about what you just heard from eternity past God has been arranging affairs in order that one day his son might be nailed to the old rugged Cross that his wonderful shed blood. What a tone for your sin and my sin and my friend the same God who made all of those prophecies and arrange the affairs of men is the same God who is in the process this very moment of fulfilling every single New Testament prophecy that same sovereign God is the one who is going to see to it that every single word of prophecy concerning his second coming is going to be exactly like he said, and in his second coming. I want to tell you my friend, if the Lord Jesus Christ comes and you have not received him as your Savior. That's it. The man who has been so blinded and deceived by Satan as the think well somehow God's going to accept me anyway.

No, he's not you send in the judgment of God, and God amasses this great post of eternal information of what got listen of what Almighty God did to personally save you from your sins. Every gospel track you ever read every time you pick up the Bible every time you felt something in your heart pulling you toward God and you said no what you rejecting my friend you are rejecting. Listen the infinite love of Almighty God, you are rejecting the infinite power of Almighty God to forgive you of your sins. I hate to have to tell you this, but to be to the gutter most you going to die and go to hell and you will be the not because God put you there. You will be there because you chose your plan over God's plan your way over God's way you said no to the blood of Jesus.

Note to the plan of God, knowing his great redemptive plan is that I'll do it my way and you think you're getting by with it. I will tell you my friend you not.

There's only one hope your only hope of the resurrection on the life and you going to die. Your only hope of resurrection to life is not doing good not taken the Lord's supper not going to catechism not doing good works, not giving money not anything but humbling yourself before the cross of Jesus Christ and acknowledging our blessed Savior as your only hope of salvation and the dropping of his blood as drops of grief and drops of forgiveness and will cleanse you forever and ever and ever and fix you for the kingdom of God to reject that my friend is to reject all hope of life beyond this one and I want to challenge you and plead with you in Jesus name, will you not right here now say Lord Jesus, I've sinned against you, God, I wanted my way up had my own plan and I recognize the truth when I stand before you have no excuse, Lord Jesus, I trust you as my Savior. My Lord in my life, I yield my life to you. I'm accepting your death as full payment for my sin.

Or you can print what you want to as long as there is confession, repentance turning from your sin as long as there is the acceptance of the person of Jesus Christ as your only forgiveness for sin. I will tell you my friend. There is only one hope God says there is only one Jesus the Messiah says there's only one I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father but by me. My friend the reject him is the reject God. Listen, he gave it all when he gave him. And unless you receive him. You lose it all thank you for listening to part 211 in preparation for Christ's coming. If you like to know more about Charles Stanley are in touch ministries and tax data lighting. This podcast is a presentation of intense ministry advantage of

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