Message Notes

December 16, 2018

Advent 2018: WAITING FOR OUR KING

What is ADVENT?

 

____________________ is holding me in it's grip

Isaiah 35:1-10

The Longing for Home - the story we find ourselves in


Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.

- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


FROM BARREN TO BEAUTIFUL (35:1-2)

Isaiah 35:1–2

[1] The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;

the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;

[2] it shall blossom abundantly

and rejoice with joy and singing.

The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,

the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.

They shall see the glory of the LORD,

the majesty of our God. (ESV)


For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 

- Romans 8:22


The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.


Lebanon (fertile soil)

Carmel (orderliness) 

Sharon (physical beauty)

FROM DISCOURAGED TO ENCOURAGED (35:3-4)

Isaiah 35:3–4

[3] Strengthen the weak hands,

and make firm the feeble knees.

[4] Say to those who have an anxious heart,

“Be strong; fear not!

Behold, your God

will come with vengeance,

with the recompense of God.

He will come and save you.” (ESV)


John 8:44

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies


What lie(s) are you believing?

soft power v. hard power


Where is your FOCUS? 

Behold, your God...


Luke 12:22-31

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 

FROM BROKENNESS TO WHOLENESS (35:5-7)

Isaiah 35:5–7

[5] Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

[6] then shall the lame man leap like a deer,

and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

For waters break forth in the wilderness,

and streams in the desert;

[7] the burning sand shall become a pool,

and the thirsty ground springs of water;

in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,

the grass shall become reeds and rushes. (ESV)


2 Corinthians 5:1-5

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

FROM EXILED TO HOME (35:8-10)

Isaiah 35:8–10

[8] And a highway shall be there,

and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;

the unclean shall not pass over it.

It shall belong to those who walk on the way;

even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

[9] No lion shall be there,

nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;

they shall not be found there,

but the redeemed shall walk there.

[10] And the ransomed of the LORD shall return

and come to Zion with singing;

everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;

they shall obtain gladness and joy,

and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (ESV)


Gladness and joy will overtake them,

    and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (NIV)


And a highway shall be there,

and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;

the unclean shall not pass over it.


Who is fit to get HOME?

We need the WAY of JESUS


From BEAUTIFUL to BARREN

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

- Isaiah 53:2


From ENCOURAGED to DISCOURAGED

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;

- Isaiah 53:3


From WHOLENESS to BROKENNESS

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

- Isaiah 53:5


From HOME to EXILED

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

- Isaiah 53:6

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Repent of your sin.

Remember the grace of God.

Rejoice in the One who has saved you.

Take a Next Step

A Prayer for Salvation

“Heavenly Father, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through your Son Jesus I can be more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you that he lived the life I should have lived and paid the debt and punishment I owed. Receive me now for his sake. I turn from my sins and receive him as Savior. Amen.”