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God’s Anointed

December 12, 2011

Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent. About what happens when Jesus, God's Anointed, arrives on the scene of human history and the scene of our lives.

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1. Who directly fulfills this prophecy from Isaiah 61? See Luke 4:16-30; How did Jesus’ ministry carry out these promises? How does He continue to perform this work today?

2. “Anointed” (v. 1) is the translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah” (“Christ” in Greek). “Anointing” typically took place when a prophet, priest, or king took office (see 1 Samuel 10:1; 16:13; 2 Sam. 2:4; Exodus 29:7-9; 1 Chron. 16:22). Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One. He is Prophet, Priest and King par excellence.

3. What was Jesus anointed to do? How are the poor and the downtrodden comforted? Matthew 5:3-4. How are the brokenhearted given hope? 2 Cor. 1:3-7. In what way are all of us prisoners? Who sets us free?

4. How does salvation strengthen and establish Christians to be “oaks of righteousness”? How is the peace that Jesus gives different from the peace that the world gives? John 14:27

5. Read Psalm 30. How does the promised and the blessing of Jesus as our Messiah, God’s Anointed Savior of His people, turn our mourning and sadness into joy? What is the Christian’s hope and confidence in the face of all despair, evil, and even death? 1 Corinthians 15

God’s Anointed

February 21, 2013

Sermon on Psalm 89, for Lent 2 midweek. A Psalm about God's steadfast love and faithfulness, and his covenant with David, and then the distress of wondering if God's promises have failed. Looking forward to God's fulfillment of those promises in the Anointed One, the Messiah.