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Advent 2008

To Serve and to Reign: from a slave to the King

I. Introduction:

Tonight is our last advent service together this year. In our time I would like us to return to the question of why did/will Jesus come? We have already looked at His coming to save and to judge. Tonight I want to look at His coming to serve and His coming to reign.

II. Why did/will Jesus come?

A. Jesus came to serve us by dying on a cross for our sins.

Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus tells us in the gospels that He came to serve. Yet, in what way did He do that? He says in Matthew 20:28 that He came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Jesus came to be the suffering servant that Isaiah describes in the passage we looked at this morning (52:13-53:12). He came to die for our trespasses and our iniquities. He came to bear the sins of many, which is precisely what He did at Calvary. He took on flesh to serve by suffering and dying on the cross for our sins. Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for all who would repent of their sins and place their faith in His work. As Paul tells us in Philippians 2, Christ took the form of a slave when He came the first time and He humbled Himself, even to the point of dying on the cross. He came to serve.

B. Jesus will come to reign as King forever.

1. Matthew 25:31 When Jesus comes back, then he will sit on his glorious throne. It is a King who sits on a throne and when Jesus returns He will reign as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. His dominion will know no end. His rule will extend over all. Last time He came to a manger but He is returning to the throne!

2. Revelation 5 We see a great description of this in the book of Revelation. John pictures the Lamb who was slain as reigning with Almighty God from the throne. Only He is worthy to open the scroll. And why is He worthy? The song they sing gives us the answer: Worthy are you to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth. The Lamb is worthy because He was slain and ransomed a people for God the Father with His blood. He will reign because He alone is worthy!

III. Conclusion:

Do you see the connection between the two advents in Revelation 5? Jesus came to give Himself as a ransom for many and when He returns those many will reign with Him on the earth. He came as a servant and a slave (even though He was the King) and He will return to reign over all. So how should we respond? Simple: by serving others as we have been served and by longing and expecting the coming reign of the King. All glory to the Lamb who was slain and who will return to reign with His people. Amen.

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