Saturday, December 15, 2012

Moving Heaven, Moving Earth: Ready for Redemption #2

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Malachi 3.1-4, Luk3 3.1-6

Intro:
"all flesh shall see the salvation of God"

salvation:
repentance
baptism

mission: "shall see"
Invitation, John (model)
Inclusion, "All flesh"

both are collaborative
God in Christ is coming to us
we prepare, we "make him room"

1. Moving Heaven: Dear Santa (North Pole)
heaven comes to earth: "Prepare the way for the Lord"
moving heaven – back up the truck, call the movers
but God does the simple thing – bring nothing
otherwise, earth could not contain
God comes to earth, God moves heaven, by being stripped bare

Layette items, Baby Shower for Mary and Jesus



2. Moving Earth: Mount Rose Avenue and Interstate 83
Spring Garden municipal complex
new gas and water lines
INCONVENIENCE

"make his paths"
If this is what God has done for me, then why should I hold back anything?

What John proclaimed: Repentance and baptism
What John modeled: Mission

"Lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily entangles" (Heb 12.1)
Golf, video games, watching football – relationship w/ wife
What do we need to give up to make room for Jesus in our lives?
Earth-moving is inconvenient, but convenience is not important

"Welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you" (Ro 15.7)
Pews in OC MD
Ana moving home
making room to "include" "all flesh"

John – invitation, especially at Christmas time

Benediction:Philippians 1:9-11 And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10 to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11 having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

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