The Child of Promise
Posted on 10/30/2016 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust
TRANSCRIPT: (does not contain everything found in the audio above)
Father God, today is the day that You have made. You have given us yet another day to live on this earth and to be in this place called Second Life. I thank You for this opportunity to share what You have placed on my heart. May my words reflect Your truth and Your love. I pray these things in Jesus' name, Amen.
You all may be seated.
After this part of the service is over, some may wonder why I shared this fire side chat now. Well, I am doing this because this is what God said to do. I am standing before you on His divine appointment. You are here because He saw to it that this was also your divine appointment to be here.
This would make a great Christmas fire side chat. Why? Because the title for this fire side chat is The Child of Purpose. And who is this child? Jesus. The Son of God born of a virgin.
The word purpose means the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. It also means an intended or desired result; end; aim; or goal. Let's look at what purpose Jesus had for being here.
Thousands of years before Jesus was born there were prophecies about Him. The scriptures speak of a Messiah who would fulfill these prophecies. Jesus who is the Messiah has done just that. Let's look at a few of them.
This first one talks about The One being born in Bethlehem. The verse is Micah chapter 5 verse 2 and it says “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” In the New Testament books of Matthew and Luke they also speak of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem. It brings credibility to look at both Old and New Testaments when doing research and study on these things.
In Isaiah chapter 7 verse 14 it says Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. This is the prophecy that the Messiah will be born of a virgin which Jesus fulfilled. And yet, this was not His full purpose. He was not brought into this world to be born of a virgin. There is still more that He is to do.
Did you know that there was a prophecy about the horrible massacre of the children at Messiah's birthplace? It is found in Jeremiah chapter 31 verse 15. It reads Thus says the Lord: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted for her children,
Because they are no more.”
In Matthew chapter 2 verse 16-18 it gives account that this prophecy was fulfilled. The verses are as follows, beginning at verse 16,
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”
The last scriptures I will read are from Isaiah chapter 53. These are the verses that speak of the Messiah's true purpose. Read together with me starting at verse 1 and reading the whole chapter.
1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
This child of purpose was not only born of a virgin, but he had a greater purpose. The true reason that Jesus came was to die in our place. To die for you and for me. To die for all. There is another child of purpose. Or rather there there are children of purpose.
Look around you. The people behind the avatars you see on your screen. The people you see every day. Your family. The person you see in the mirror...if and when you look. These are the children of purpose. God has given all of us a purpose. One of them He has given us all...it's the same for everyone. The other is our individual purpose. The first is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every corner of this earth. The second...well I can't say what yours is. I'm still learning every day what mine is. But slowly I am learning what it is and I know this much. My individual purpose may not be the same as yours, but it is just as important as yours is. The goal that God has for you...your purpose...is very important. It is the reason why everyone is important. To the just conceived child in the womb to the oldest person on this earth. We are all important.
I'm going to close here. Jesus knew His purpose for coming here. Maybe you don't know yours. There is a way to find out. Ask God to reveal your purpose to you. To reveal the reason you exist. It isn't just to worship Him or to spread the Gospel, though those are very important, the most important I would say...just my opinion. Some people have found that they are to give their lives 100% to those causes. But those are not everyone's individual purposes. No one purpose is more important than the other.
I am going to say this. We need God. Does He need us? Some say yes. Some say no. All I know is that what He has given me as my purpose is something I will cherish and I will use it for His glory.
If you don't know your purpose, I want you to spend this time asking God to reveal it to you. Ask Him to open your eyes, your ears, and your heart to what He has for you. I know from experience that God doesn't always reveal things the way we want, but when He wants to get our attention He will. Just make yourself available to Him.
Also, spend some time with the most important child of purpose...though He is not a child anymore. Allow Him to touch you in those places only He can. He is the Messiah. He is the One that took sin upon Himself. He is the One who heals. He cares for us so much. Allow Him to speak to you in the ways in which only He can.
If you need prayer or ministry, instant message one of the staff members and we would be happy to help you in any way we can. If you are outside of Second Life, go to almcyberchurch.org and click on the Pastor's offices and we will get in contact with you as soon as we can.
After this time at the altar or in your seat, you are all invited to come join us in the room to your left up the stairs for a time of fellowship. If you need to leave, you are free to do so.
May God bless you this week.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His face on you and give you peace.”