Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Advent of Messiah”  Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon 1:  “Royal Messiah”  (King of Kings)

  1. The Prophesied King
  2. The Proper King (Matthew’s Portrait)  Matthew’s Chiastic Structure
  3. The Purposed King (Nature of His Reign)
  4. The Perfect King (Psalm 45)

Pastor’s Corner: It’s my favorite time of year and we chose to focus on the advent of Christ, or “Messiah.” Our Christmas series this year was spurred from Mat. 2:11 where Jesus is given three kinds of gifts connoting both His person and mission. Jesus holds a trifold office encompassing king, priest, and prophet – all of which are offices signified by anointing hence the title Messiah, which means “anointed one.” As we meditate on these three offices and how Jesus came to fulfill them all, I also look forward to concluding with a prevalent motif that all three offices and gifts, given by the wise men, find their end. In fact, such is also where they find their ‘beginning.’ Are you thinking now? I’ve given you a clue or two as kind of a Christmas treasure hunt to reveal where the wise men’s three gifts find their place, so to speak. I’ll give you a couple more clues to find the treasure. Only one of the three offices has an overt relationship to the treasure/motif. However, the other two offices, passages like Gen. 1:1; Jn. 1:1, 14; Rev. 21:3, and all throughout Scripture promise the end game motif for which the triune office of Messiah fulfills. Last clue: Here is the series outline save the final word (which is the answer) in the fourth sermon title. Part 1 “Royal Messiah” Part 2 “Righteous Messiah” Part 3 “Revelatory Messiah” Part 4 “Messianic ________.”

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