Sermon for Easter Sunday March 31, 2024

What is the Messiah Like and What did He do?

Isaiah 7:10–14 (NIV): 10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.”

13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Psalm 45 (NLT):

    1 Beautiful words stir my heart.

      I will recite a lovely poem about the king,

      for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

    2 You are the most handsome of all.

      Gracious words stream from your lips.

      God himself has blessed you forever.

    3 Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!

      You are so glorious, so majestic!

    4 In your majesty, ride out to victory,

      defending truth, humility, and justice.

      Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!

    5 Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts.

      The nations fall beneath your feet.

    6 Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.

      You rule with a scepter of justice.

    7 You love justice and hate evil.

      Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,

      pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

    8 Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes.

      In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.

    9 Kings’ daughters are among your noble women.

      At your right side stands the queen,

      wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!

    10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say.

      Forget your people and your family far away.

    11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty;

      honor him, for he is your lord.

    12 The princess of Tyre will shower you with gifts.

      The wealthy will beg your favor.

    13 The bride, a princess, looks glorious

      in her golden gown.

    14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king,

      accompanied by her bridesmaids.

    15 What a joyful and enthusiastic procession

      as they enter the king’s palace!

    16 Your sons will become kings like their father.

      You will make them rulers over many lands.

    17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation.

      Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

Luke 1:26–38 (NIV): 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Hebrews 10:4–10 (NIV): 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

         “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,

         but a body you prepared for me;

      6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings

         you were not pleased.

      7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—

         I have come to do your will, my God.’ ”

8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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