Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:18

Advent-ure 2017: Let's Worship Jesus

Written by  Bob Crittendon
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For the last few years, I have composed a series for Advent that I have entitled: 25: A Christmas Advent-ure.  This year, I want to focus on the importance of allowing the component of worship to enhance your celebration of Christmas.  I have listed 25 different Scripture verses in four overall categories: Prophecy, Personality, Promises, and Performance.

 

The final item, #25, can challenge us to worship Jesus with Passion. These 25 items can be divided up in various ways, including using one each day in December. I will also be highlighting material relative to these themes on The Meeting House on Faith Radio throughout December.

 

 

Prophecy:

Worship Him for what He’s fulfilled

 

Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies about Himself.  We can be confident that just as He fulfilled God’s promises concerning His first Advent, we can also have a great sense of expectation about His second Advent.

 

 

1) Victory over the enemy - Genesis 3:15

2) Immanuel, born of a virgin - Isaiah 7:14

3) Born in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2

4) Tribe of Judah - Genesis 49:10

5) Suffered for our sins - Isaiah 53:3-5

6) Died on a cross - Psalm 22

 

 

Personality: Worship Him for

Who He is

 

There are a number of names attributed to Jesus, who was sent to earth to be our Savior.  These names can give us insight into His character and contain significance for our personal walk with Him.

 

               

7) Son of God - John 3:16

8) Son of Man - Matthew 16:13-16

9) Redeemer - Titus 2:14

10) Wonderful Counselor - Isaiah 9:6

11) King of Kings and Lord of Lords - 1st Timothy 6:15

12) Light of the world - John 8:12

 

 

Promises: Worship Him for what He’s said

 

The Bible tells us in 2nd Peter Chapter 1 that we are the recipients of “exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust…”  Through God’s Word, we can learn about and personalize the various promises He made.  The sending of Jesus to earth is a visible, tangible expression of a God Who keeps His promises. Contained within His Word are promises and words of encouragement that can deepen our appreciation and adoration for the Lord.

 

 

13) “...seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

14) “...with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

15) “I am with you always, even to the end of the age…” Matthew 28:20

16) “...the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” John 6:37

17) “I am the way, the truth, and the life...” John 14:6

18) “...the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things…” John 14:26

 

Performance: Worship Him for what He’s done

 

Christmas gives us the opportunity to worship the Lord for so many things. We can honor Him for Who He is and what He’s said, as well as the mighty works which He has done for humanity and for each of us personally.  We can take time to reflect on the incredible works of our loving and mighty God.

 

19) Salvation. Titus 3:5      

20) Hope. Hebrews 6:14

21) His Word.  John 1:14; Hebrews 4:12; 2nd Peter 1:4

22) Eternal life in heaven.  John 14:1-3

23) Power over sin.  1 Corinthians 15:57-58

24) Righteousness.  Romans 3:22-23

25) Passion: Worship Him with great joy

 

 

The Bible reminds us in Nehemiah 8 that the joy of the Lord is our strength. The announcement of the coming of the Savior and the interaction with the supernatural activity surrounding His birth produced joy in the hearts of the people who received the news.  Our interaction with God, through Jesus, His Son, can cause us to rejoice in the Lord for His incredible gift – the gift of a Savior, Who brings the gift of eternal life.

 

 

“My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior…”

Luke 1:46-47

 

 

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14

 

 

Participating in the concept of Advent can give us a sense of expectation.  Through reflection on the nature of the Lord, we can develop a sense of Who He wants to be to us and what He wants to do in us.  We can enter into His presence with a spirit of worship, looking to Him to do amazing things!  Let’s worship Jesus!

 

 

 

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