SERIES: Jesus: Hope Foretold
MESSAGE: His Life Foretold
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 12:18-21

MESSAGE SUMMARY
If your hope is in politics, policies, people, or possessions, you will be constantly disappointed. The hope that God gave the world, foretold by the prophets, was (and still is) a single, unique person—Jesus Christ. Of all the predictions made about what He would be and do, Matthew highlighted a few. Jesus wouldn’t fit all the misplaced expectations that people had of Him, but He would fulfill the commission His Father gave Him. Let’s look at four tasks Jesus would perform at His first coming as foretold by the prophet.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: December 13, 2015
Teacher: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: His Life Foretold
Text: Matthew 12:18-21

Path

If your hope is in politics, policies, people, or possessions, you will be constantly disappointed. The hope that God gave the world, foretold by the prophets, was (and still is) a single, unique person—Jesus Christ. Of all the predictions made about what He would be and do, Matthew highlighted a few. Jesus wouldn't fit all the misplaced expectations that people had of Him, but He would fulfill the commission His Father gave Him. Let's look at four tasks Jesus would perform at His first coming as foretold by the prophet.

Points

He Came to Serve (v. 18):
He Came to Speak (v. 18):
He Came to Strengthen (vv. 19-20):
He Came to Save (vv. 20-21):
Practice

Connect Up: What does it tell you about God's character that Christ came to serve, speak, strengthen, and save?

Connect In: In light of the four things that Christ came to do, how are we to treat others in the body of Christ? How does each of these four things take root within the local church?

Connect Out: How does each of the four things Christ came to do influence your outreach to the unbelieving world?

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. Of all the people who have ever lived, no one has impacted and influenced the world like Jesus Christ
      1. His life influenced politicians, missionaries, and explorers
      2. In His name, hospitals were built, philanthropic institutions were founded, and education was spread
      3. Jesus has been the dominating figure in the history of Western culture for twenty centuries
    2. When He came to the earth, He did not meet the expectations people had for Him
      1. He did not meet the expectations of the religious elite who observed Him
      2. He did not meet the expectations of the crowds that followed Him
      3. He did meet the expectations of His heavenly Father who sent Him
      4. He fulfilled all the prophecies that had been made about Him
    3. Matthew 12:9-17
      1. Matthew quoted the prophet Isaiah (see Isaiah 42:1-4)
      2. Isaiah noted four things the Messiah would come to do
  2. He Came to Serve (v. 18)
    1. Jesus was called by many names (see Isaiah 9:6)
      1. He has no fewer than 150 titles mentioned in Scripture
      2. Isaiah used the title Servant four times
    2. Jesus had just healed a man on the Sabbath (see Matthew 12:9-17; Mark 3:1-12; Luke 6:6-19)
      1. Even though Jesus could heal people, He did not meet the religious leaders' expectations of what the Messiah would be like
      2. They thought He would be a servant of their rigid interpretation of the law
    3. After Jesus healed people, He told them not to tell anyone He had done it
      1. He did not want the crowd to turn Him into some revolutionary hero
      2. The crowd expected the Deliverer to forcefully overtake their oppressors
      3. Jesus came to shed His own blood and do the will of His Father (see Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 4:34)
    4. He served His disciples (see John 13:1-17)
    5. Jesus served you by taking your place in execution
      1. He came to restore us
      2. He did not come to meet your expectations, but to end your condemnation
    6. Jesus fulfilled prophecies
      1. He would be proceeded by a messenger (see Isaiah 40:3)
      2. He would perform miracles (see Isaiah 35:4-6)
      3. He would enter Jerusalem on a donkey (see Zechariah 9:9)
      4. He would be rejected by the Jewish nation (see Isaiah 53:1-3)
      5. He would come following a precise timetable (see Daniel 9:25-26)
      6. He would be rejected and killed (see Daniel 9:24-25)
      7. He would be sent to heal the brokenhearted (see Isaiah 61:1-2)
      8. He would be praised by children (see Psalm 8:2)
      9. He would be betrayed by a close friend (see Psalm 41:9; Zechariah 11:12-13)
      10. The betrayal money would be returned and used to buy a potter's field (see Zechariah 11:12-13)
      11. He would come as a sacrifice for sin (see Isaiah 53:5-12)
      12. He would be silent when accused during His trial (see Isaiah 53:7)
      13. This is just a sample of all the prophecies written about Jesus that He fulfilled
    7. According to Peter Stoner, the odds that one man in history would fulfill just eight of these prophecies is one in ten to the seventeenth power
  3. He Came to Speak (v. 18)
    1. Apaggelló = to report, announce, declare
      1. One of the most important things Jesus did was speak to people (see Matthew 5:1-2; 13:54; Mark 2:13; 10:1; Luke 20:1; John 8:2)
      2. His priority was to preach the Word (see Mark 2:1-2)
        1. He wanted people to be set free (see John 8:32)
        2. He came to speak God's truth to people in bondage to their own ideas
    2. He came to proclaim the truth to Gentiles
      1. 2,000 years ago, Jews saw the Messiah as purely for the Jewish people
      2. He came to save both Jews and Gentiles (see Genesis 12:3; John 3:16)
  4. He Came to Strengthen (vv. 19-20)
    1. Jesus never annoyed, harassed, or quarreled with people
      1. He was not a political rabble-rouser who stirred up trouble
      2. He never berated or cajoled people
      3. He spoke with dignity and control (see Ecclesiastes 9:17)
    2. Jesus dealt with people whose lives were broken and worn out
      1. The world discarded them
      2. He sought to restore the broken reed and rekindle the smoldering flame
      3. Jesus will not put out your fire but stoke your fire up; He will not toss you away but draw you near (see Matthew 11:28-29)
      4. God chooses the weak things of this world (see 1 Corinthians 1:27)
    3. Most people come to Christ when they are broken
      1. They discover God loves to restore them
      2. In the Scriptures, broken things are actually valuable
        1. Broken pitchers helped Israel win a battle (see Judges 7:13-22)
        2. Broken bread fed a multitude (see Matthew 14:16-21)
        3. A broken flask of perfume was used to anoint Jesus (see Matthew 26:6; Mark 14:13; John 12:3)
        4. Jesus' broken body brought salvation
      3. Imagine what He can do with your broken heart
  5. He Came to Save (vv. 20-21)
    1. Jesus' ultimate victory is won by faith (see Ephesians 2:8; 1 John 5:5)
      1. In other world religions, you must earn your way to God
      2. With Jesus, you just have to trust Him
    2. When you trust, you are saved and belong to Him (see Romans 8:28)
      1. He will be with you as you go through life
      2. He will be with you when life hurts
      3. Romans 10:9
    3. Do you really trust Him?

Figures referenced: William Carey, James Hefley, David Livingstone, Florence Nightingale, Lord Shaftesbury, Peter Stoner, William Wilberforce

Greek words: apaggelló

Cross references: Genesis 12:3; Judges 7:13-22; Psalm 8:2; 41:9; Ecclesiastes 9:17; Isaiah 9:6; 35:4-6; 40:3; 42:1-4; 53:1-3, 5-12; 61:1-2; Daniel 9:24-26; Zechariah 9:9; 11:12-13; Matthew 5:1-2; 11:28-29; 12:9-17; 13:54; 14:16-21; 20:28; 26:6; Mark 2:1-2, 13; 3:1-12; 10:1, 45; 14:13; Luke 6:6-19; 20:1; John 3:16; 4:34; 8:2, 32; 12:3; 13:1-17; Romans 8:28; 10:9; 1 Corinthians 1:27; Ephesians 2:8; 1 John 5:5


Topic: Jesus' Ministry

Keywords: expectations, Jesus Christ, Messiah, servant, prophecy, Word of God, Gentiles, broken, weak, restore, salvation, trust, faith


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