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Ken Green - December 6, 2015

A Way Prepared; A People Purified

A messenger was coming to prepare the way before the Lord. Preparation was sorely needed. People’s lives had seen a disconnect from the faith they professed and the ways they lived. A lack of sincerity in worship and life would require renewal—a refining and cleansing. Jesus, the messenger of God’s new covenant comes to bring that very thing, restoring, renewing, and healing for His people. In what ways do you come needing God’s preparation and renewal? As Jesus restores you through His means of grace, how will you live in justice and mercy as you honor Him with your life?

Scripture References: Malachi 3:1-7

From Series: "His Coming Foretold"

Jesus is God’s Messiah (“anointed, or chosen one”), who came into our world as our only rescuer and savior. This season of “Advent” is a time of preparing to celebrate His coming, and a time when we look forward to His coming again when He will restore all things. We follow in Jesus’ footsteps because He has been revealed as our Lord and King, and His Spirit has worked in our hearts so that we trust in Him. Hundreds of years before His coming, God’s prophets foretold the Messiah’s coming. These prophesies still speak to us at 21st Century Jesus-followers. These holy words identify Jesus as the One who was to come, bringing us assurance and hope. These words move us to serve Jesus in the purity and joy we have as His followers. They even point to His promises to bring us His peace and His presence in our day.

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