FBC E-Blast - December 23, 2019
FBC E-Blast

December 23, 2019

Jesus Christ the Sin Bearer - Matthew 26

The cross is so common in our culture that most people don’t think twice when they see one on a church. But unfortunately, familiarity with the symbol can actually get in the way of understanding what it truly means. So let’s stop to consider how Jesus became the bearer of sin.

We begin with Scripture written long before Jesus was born. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, explains how man chose to disobey God. Because Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, their descendants are all born under the curse of death, having inherited a sinful "flesh" nature.

In Leviticus, God’s laws for the Jewish nation included observance of Yom Kippur, the day each year when the Israelites fasted, prayed, and sacrificed an animal to atone for sin. In essence, the goat would bear the wrongs done by the people and suffer the penalty that divine justice required.

Centuries later, Isaiah prophesied that a Savior would atone for transgression once and for all (Isaiah 53:5, 8; Hebrews 7:27). After another 700 years, John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The Messiah had come, though He was totally different from what the people expected — so much so, in fact, that they rejected Him and requested His crucifixion.

In all, God gave 613 laws through Moses. But none of us can perfectly follow even the Ten Commandments. In fact, one reason He gave us these rules is to show us our need for a Savior (Psalm 19:7; Galatians 3:24). Meditate on those commands (Exodus 20:1-17), asking God to speak to your heart.

Upcoming Sermon Series
      Every new year, we make decisions about who we want to be. We make resolutions; we set goals. But often these goals are focused on ourselves. Losing weight, saving money - even the best goals are often inherently self-centered. To live the life God has for us, we must be willing to reject our own comfort for the good of others. It's not easy, and it sure isn't comfortable. But when you deny yourself, God can do so much more.

Last Week:
      When you lose hope in God, you won't run towards Him to help you. Isaiah 59 tells us that God has not let us down, whatever else we hoped in let us down. It's when we give up on horizontal help that we are ready to find true hope.
      Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
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Next Week:
      We will have Special Guest Speaker Mark Salomon with us.

Upcoming Events

December 24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 PM

December 25 - NO Wednesday Night Services

December 29 - Special Guest Speaker Mark Salomon

January 1 - NO Wednesday Night Services

January 5 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

January 11 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM

January 12 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

January 15 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

January 25 - Finance Class - How To Stretch Your Money: Living Within Your Means. More details to come.

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