Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 14, 2014 | Pastor Tom Mabie | Third Sunday of Advent: Who is This Jesus? | Isaiah 52:13-53:12



This is a season of preparation, anticipation, and expectation. The question is what is expected. What was expected in Jesus’ day? What do we expect today?

It’s really a question of who is Jesus and what is his purpose. It is really about Jesus’ identity. I want to invite you to spend some time looking together with me a Jesus’ identity as we walk through part of Isa 52 and Isa 53. Here we see Jesus identified, as the suffering servant, the Messiah, the Lamb of God and the perfect sacrifice who takes away sin of the world. Jesus’ identity is also affirmed in his baptism when God said, "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased" (Luke 3:22).

Jesus’ identity was rooted in the Father. So too, our identity is to be rooted in our relationship with the Father. When we find our identity in relationship to the Father and then live in obedience out of our identity it’s called transformation. If, however, we find our identity by trying to live out the expectations of others, trying to please them, or try to follow a set of rules, it’s called conformation. The Scripture says that we are "no longer to be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed" (Romans 12:2). It is through the power of Christ that our lives are transformed, as we live our identity out of who God says we are.

When I am living my life out of who God says I am, out of how he’s designed and gifted me. I feel secure. But if I am living out of who others say I should be, I am insecure and anxious. It was important that Jesus was clear about his identity. It is equally important that we are clear about our identity and live out of that identity.

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December 14, 2014 | Pastor Tom Mabie | Third Sunday of Advent: Who is This Jesus? | Isaiah 52:13-53:12

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