The Arrival of the King: The Promise

  1. God is a God of Promise
    1. God’s promises are not like man’s promises.
      1. Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man…Has He said, and will he not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?”
      2. 1 John 3:20, “God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”
  • Jeremiah 1:12, “I am watching over my word to perform it.”
  1. God is true, faithful, and intervenes into His Creation for His purpose and glory!
    1. Hebrews 6:18, “it is impossible for God to lie.”
    2. 1 Corinthians 1:9, “God is faithful”
  • Matthew 6:30, “But if God so clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you?”
  1. God is powerful, merciful, and loving.
    1. Psalm 145:8-9, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”
  2. He Told His Promise Through Prophecy
    1. Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
    2. Descendant of David
      1. Jeremiah 23:5-6, “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”
    3. Born of a Virgin
      1. Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
    4. Born in Bethlehem
      1. Micah 5:2, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel,
        whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”
    5. Out of Egypt
      1. Hosea 11:1, “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”
    6. Prophet like Moses
      1. Deuteronomy 18:18, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.”
    7. Someone would prepare the way
      1. Isaiah 40:3, ““In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
    8. He would minister in a particular region
      1. Isaiah 9:1-2, “But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness
        have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”
    9. He showed His faithfulness for generations
      1. The Exodus (Exodus 14-15)
      2. The Battle of Jericho (Joshua 6)
      3. The Provision of Manna (Exodus 16)
      4. The Fiery Furnace (Daniel 3)
      5. The Rescue of Daniel from the Lions’ Den (Daniel 6)
      6. The Story of Esther
    10. He showed His love and care by sending His Son, the promised Savior.
      1. Luke 1:26-33, “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
        1. Mary will conceive even though she is a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14)
          1. Matthew 1:22-23, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
        2. His name will be Jesus, meaning God Saves (Isaiah 7:14)
          1. Matthew 1:23, “they shall call his name Immanuel”
  • Descendant of David (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
    1. Matthew 1:1, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
  1. Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)
    1. Matthew 2:4-5, “he [Herod] inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet”
  2. Out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1)
    1. Matthew 2:14-15, “And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’”
  3. Someone would prepare the way
    1. Matthew 3:1-3, “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’”
  4. Minister in particular region
    1. Matthew 4:13-15, And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali”
  5. Prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)
    1. Acts 3:20-21, “times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.”
  6. Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (Zechariah 9:9)
  7. Betrayed (Psalm 41:9, Zechariah 11:12-13)
  8. Sold for Thirty Pieces of Silver (Zechariah 11:12)
  9. Silent Before Accusers (Isaiah 53:7)
  10. Crucifixion and Pierced (Isaiah 53:5, Zechariah 12:10)
  11. Resurrected (Psalm 16:10)
  12. Ascended to Heaven (Psalm 68:18)