Last year during the Christmas season David Jackson made an offhand remark that Christmas not only looks back to Christ’s birth in Bethlehem but forward to his final victory and eternal reign. And it’s true. If you examine the best known Christmas prophecies, you find that they are also about the Second Coming and eternal Kingdom of Jesus. So this year we’re going to look at some of our favorite prophecies to see not only Christmas Past, but Christmas Yet to Come.
Here’s the plan:
1. November 27, 2022
Title: One Like a Son of Man
Key Text: Daniel 7:13-14
Worship: Now in Flesh Appearing
Key Sentence: The son of man who came to die will come again to reign
I. The Son of Man and the clouds of heaven (Daniel 7:13)
II. The Son of Man and the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:13)
III. The Son of Man and his dominion (Daniel 7:14)
IV. The Son of Man and his people (Daniel 7:14)
V. the Son of Man and his eternity (Daniel 7:14)
Daniel 7:13–14 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
2. December 4, 2022
Title: The Root of Jesse
Key Text: Isaiah 11:1-10
Worship: O Come, O Come, Immanuel
Key Sentence: The branch from the root of Jesse is Jesus as he was a will be.
I. Jesus as he was (Isaiah 11:2-5)
II. Jesus as he will be (Isaiah 11:5-10)
Isaiah 11:1–10 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. 10In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
3. December 11, 2022
Title: The Shepherd of Bethlehem
Key Text: Micah 5:1-5
Worship: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Key Sentence: The ruler from Bethlehem is the shepherd of His flock
I. The ruler from Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-2)
II. The first coming and the second (Micah 5:3)
III. The shepherd who will be our peace (Micah 5:4-5)
Micah 5:1–5 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek. 2But 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. 3Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. 4And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. 5And he shall be their peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land and treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men.
4. December 18, 2022
Title: Of His Kingdom there Will Be No End
Key Text: Luke 1:26-38
Worship: Come, Lord Jesus, Come
Key Sentence: Jesus is the Son of the Most High reigns forever
I. Jesus, the Son of the Most High (Luke 1:30-32)
II. Jesus, on the eternal throne of David (Luke 1:32-33)
III. Jesus, the Son of God through the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35)
Luke 1:26–38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He 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, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
5. December 24, 2022
Title: The Child who Can Carry the World
Key Text: Isaiah 9:6-7
Worship: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Key Sentence: The child was born to carry the world
I. The child we celebrate today (Isaiah 9:6)
II. The one who carries the world (Isaiah 9:6)
III. The one who rules in righteousness (Isaiah 9:7)
Isaiah 9:6–7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
6. January 1, 2023
Key Text: Revelation 19:6-9, Revelation 11:15-17, Revelation 19:11-16
Key Sentence: The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.
I. Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth (Revelation 19:6-9)
II. The Kingdom of this World has become . . . (Revelation 11:15-17)
III. King of Kings and Lord of Lords! (Isaiah 19:11-16)
Revelation 19:6–9 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
Revelation 11:15–17 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” 16And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.
Revelation 19:11–16 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.