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December 7, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton.
The message called God's wonderful and just a moment. Dr. Wilton opens God's words of the book of chapter 3 as we study God's Word together and studying God's word is such an important part of our life. We have a wonderful resource available right now called heaven life and the resurrection of 52-week devotional. We would love for you to grab a copy of.
So you're ready to start with January 1 for details or our website tewonline.org you can call about getting your copy of 866-899-WORD with your gift of $25 more love to put that in your hands as well as other resources. So, call 866-899-9673 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org OR now Dr. Don Wilton that's what this is all about. It's the Lord Jesus Christ is the gospel of God's grace I want you to open your Bibles this morning to Luke's gospel in chapter 3 as we tried to bring the season together.
We certainly are not going to close it because Christmas is never close. Jesus has just been born and God always ease so this season.
Never in not going anywhere because Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. But I want to speak to you this morning for for a few moments on God's wonderful people want to bring the soul together and I'm going to with God's help, I'm going to put the spotlight on you on people and I'm going to tell you why in a minute not to read to you next old gray passage that followed the birth of the Lord Jesus and yet unfolded at the same time. This was all part of God's plan. Just let me read a few verses beginning in chapter 3 in verse one Bible tells us in the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar Pontius pilot being governor of Judea, not just couple things we all know that we going to read a lot about Pontius Pilate. Later on when we get up into the end of March and April. He's very significant and it's also significant to know that he was governor of Judea, and you might remember that that's exactly the tribal roots of Joseph, the father of Jesus, the husband of Mary.
He was in Judea. Remember when Caesar Augustus, the elevated one issued a decree and decided that one way or the other. He was going to get money out of these Jewish rebels that they will have to go to their own travel and say Street hometown to be taxed. So Joseph went to Bethlehem all Judea, I want to. I'm trying to connect the pieces for you very important.
The gobbler who washed his hands of the blood of Jesus was none other than the one who came from that rulership of that area so pilot being the governor of Judea, and Herod being talk of Galilee. So now we connecting the region of Galilee and Judea together and his brother Philip to talk of the region of archery and trike of nitrous and last Seney is taped off of Abilene and by the way that's not in Texas. I just wanted to clarify that during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, and we run into these gentlemen. Later on in the life of the apostle Paul and all the things that went on in Jerusalem related to the furtherance of the gospel, the word of God at this time came to John the son of Zechariah right out there in the wilderness and he went into all the region around the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, just as the prophet Isaiah had prophesied the voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be food and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight and the rough places shall become label ways and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. What what a powerful message. That's an incredible message dropped the this is what John was doing and he was talking about Jesus. God's wonderful people when mothers give birth to babies. I think mothers experiencing joy that no other person can experience. It's one of those joys in life that I think we father's can always celebrate, but I don't think there's ever a time at which as dad we can ever get to the point of that joy that I remember when our children were born, the joy when that brand-new little baby is brought to his mother right there in that delivery room and she holds him for the first time and we dads. We just going to another zone. We just can't imagine we we are so happy we it's just the most wonderful experience and then something begins to happen in will the grandparents they go ballistic. Especially grandmother and the things that are seated are amazing grandmothers have an uncommon ability to know exactly who the baby looks like we dads look at and say how in the world could drown rat look like anybody and moving in the morning and looking through the window and going to the delivery room and perhaps the nurse would hold the baby up and everybody crowds around the window and the cameras and the pictures are being taken and special friends come in and family members, and the mother who has just delivered the baby. She is in recovery perhaps and has to spend perhaps another day in the maternity wing of the hospital and recover, but something begins to happen. News begins to spread and the mother is not directly involved in this.
She's the fountainhead of the joy and all of a sudden pictures begin to show word-of-mouth dads walking to offices and make announcements. Flowers are delivered cards. Parents get together grandparents phone calls or my letters are written and all of a sudden the people who have witnessed the birth and who have shared the joy begin to spread the word. Did you know that in Luke chapter 16 Jesus explained it to us now explained it in another context, because in Luke chapter 16 he told us about 2,000,001 he called a rich man and the other one went by the name of Lazarus and they both died in Lazarus went straight into heaven into the presence of the Lord Jesus because he knew the Savior. The other man had rejected him as the Christ, and he went to hell in the Bible says that in his torment that he looked up into heaven when he sold Lazarus and he begged and he said please please I do. I just want a big died and I'm paying the price of my sin and my rejection and the wages of sin is indeed dead and I understand that now you know Jesus circled it right there. He just say could God's way of sharing Jesus was always number one the word of God.
He said in Luke chapter 16. They have Moses that's the Lord will back in Jesus time that was Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I didn't have the whole book. Like we've got how don't you worry, they've got those preachers up there reading God's word and this word is a lamp unto our feet and a light on drop-off way. God's word is truth that got the word of God. The word of God tells them the good news. The word of God tells them that in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world will be taxed and so Joseph took Mary and went to Bethlehem and then she brought forth a son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but should have everlasting life that got the word of God.
But furthermore, they not only have Moses, but they have the prophets. Jesus said that people just like you just like me but got the word that got the pictures of the baby.
I got the letters that are being written but they've also got the moms in the dads and the grandparents all those who know the joy and who cannot help themselves, but share that joy and perhaps the one who led the way was John that we come to know as John the Baptist in this passage tells us about it and John was simply fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah chapter 40. He was just marching down God's plan and it's interesting for me to another that there is something very distinctive about the way in which God used John.
He was one of God's wonderful people. Jordan fulfilled prophecy number one by using his voice.
That's what the prophet said this passage is very clear.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, my beloved friends. Be very careful if you've ever told somebody you ever think that it's okay to say nothing about this Jesus, whom you know I have personally heard a number of people so you know I'm just not the talking kind, I don't have to say anything. The voice John used his voice. You know sometimes it's a it's profound in its it's all good on those sometimes amendment is nothing like just telling someone using your voice cannot tell you what Jesus has done for me.
You know I'm a Christian man. I've given my heart to Jesus. Do you know what the Lord Jesus has done for me. He'll do the same thing for you Johnny. Fulfilled prophecy is one of God's wonderful people by using these voice number two by sounding the trumpet want you to note the second part of verse four the Bible bases prepare the way of the Lord.
Prepare the way of the Lord. It's it's an amazing trumpet sound, the sound of the trumpet and what John did when he to borrow a phrase blew the trumpet of God's grace what she sounded the battle cry and Marty Morsi said get ready.
I want you to know because there is someone who is coming is the answer to everything that you've ever needed in life.
He's the Christ is the Christ, forgive the interruption will be back with the rest of today's message with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment, but he wants to remind you were available for you to pray together. It 866-899-WORD anytime day or night. That's 866899673. We can meet us on our email@example.com that's TW online.org many people are signing up for daily Encouraging Word email but also grabbing a copy of the brand-new book.
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I pray that you will take a look at firstname.lastname@example.org or call for your copy at 866-899-WORD 9673 now back today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton you will remember later on when the disciples were up in the Golan Heights between the Sea of Galilee and in the border of Syria was standing there, and Jesus looked at them and he said people around you say that I am in some looked at him and say what you know.
Some say that this in some site you that some site you're a good man and some site you the old guy up in the sky. Jesus looked at Peter and said, but who do you say that I am trumpet sound comes out you and that's when Peter looked at him and say to him you are the Christ, the son of the living God, and Jesus responded and said that's exactly who I am. Annex the reason why I want you to know that when you base your life on me. You stand on a rock that will never be moved because I am the rock of your salvation.
I am the Christ. John fulfilled prophecy. He used his voice and he sounded the trumpet, but third he preached real look at verse five. I love verse five he said every valley shall be filled every mountain and hill shall be made low in every and the crooked shall become straight and the rough places shall become liberal white what you know, I began to unpack those four things which I I don't have time to do today, every valley shall unit a valley right now that's real hope Bible says Jesus Christ will fill up your valley. Every mountain and hill shall be made low anyone looking at me right now is facing an unbelievable mountain is that your son is at your door to work your health is your family finances you got this mountain ahead of you. You just and John here. This is what he's these preaching real hope he saying because of Jesus I want you to know the biggest and most insurmountable mountains that you've ever faced will be brought down to size by Jesus. He goes on. He says the crooked shall become straight. He's talking about this, by the way in Jesus day that was pretty real stuff. I mean they were little mountain parses and little trails all over the place. I mean that's why Jesus actually was standing looking down at the city of Jericho from where the Samaritan was the Samaritans again and he was looking down at Jericho. There was this way and he said it's harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle and what he was looking at with these metal buttons and these days, with these little parkways stuck on the ages and sidewalks of the hills of the Judean wilderness way hardly even camel could go by, but have to put 1 foot in front of another, which is almost impossible for a camel. It was so treacherous just like your life. Every step you taking right now is treacherous but with Jesus, he will make your crooked path straight what you lost this year. Is it someone you love you have a hole in your heart. Are you lonely are you wondering why he preached real hope. Use these voices sound the trumpet. He preached real hope, but he flew prophecy because he included old people look at that lost verse in chapter 3, and all flesh. Seller shall see the salvation of God and everybody look at me, that's everybody he included all people God listens as God loved us so much he send Jesus to die on a cross. Jesus came, was born in Bethlehem to begin his earthly ministry and God used people. He uses people to put up nativity scenes that draw us into the heart of God to black lights to hand out bottles of water to take care of the needy.
He uses people to be Jesus so that others who are on alone and difficult mountainous deep valley kind of road will know that Jesus has been born and he said, and he's real you just value here with me today as we put in!
On a most wonderful season. God's wonderful people. For me personally. I have seen the line hello Jesus – is it's why we're here. Dr. Wilson is been driven from a very young age to share the truth. Jesus loves you. He is a plan for your life is an opportunity for you to be forgiven of your sins to have a place in heaven.
I pray you understand the joy of knowing the on the shadow of doubt that you belong to Jesus with them. Talk with you. Pray with you anytime 24 hours a day at 866-899-WORD.the number down stored in your cell is 866-899-9673 email us at email@example.com sheet that we been charging great teaching from Dr. Wilton today, but he has one more challenge as he steps into the studio next.
Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today. Dear God, I know that you love very very and I know that the Lord Jesus died on the cross that I might be forgiven today. I repainted myself. I confess my sin as I invite you to come into my heart to my life in Jesus name I pray.
If you pray that prayer, let me be the first want to welcome you to the family of God. This is wonderful. I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very porous so we can hope to connect you place you can begin this wonderful journey to be the Lord is stirring maybe right along with Dr. Wilton. Moments ago know it's time to give your life to Jesus Christ or maybe returned to the Lord, come home, let this Christmas be a time when you come home to Jesus. We would love to speak with our phone numbers 866-899-WORD and you will reach one of us anytime day or night. That's 866899673, and we would love to not only pray with you and celebrate Scott's change in your life but if you just gave your life to Christ or we dedicated your life. Dr. Wilton has free resources.
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