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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Written By Ryan Egan on 12/05/2014 | Posted in Christian HistoryCongregational Life

This past Wednesday we kicked off our Advent series: "The Gifts of Christmas." Dave Ryerson, Abiding Savior member and co-host of the morning show on Life 96.5 shared with us about the gift of expectancy.

We started the service off with a video that portrayed a very creative look at how the Old Testament led up to the birth of Christ. In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, you can see it below:

What you might not realize as you watch this is that their are several "types" of Christ shown throughout this video as well as events foreshadowing what God would do in the coming Messiah. Look for these as you watch:

  • God as Creator of the universe and world would provide a solution to the fall of the human race
  • Noah, through the ark, was saved from the destruction of the earth, just as Jesus saves us from the destruction of our sin
  • Abraham was to sacrifice his own son according to God's command, but God sent a sacrifice to take Isaac's place, just as Jesus was sacrificed on the cross in our place
  • Joseph, who was both unjustly humiliated and then exalted to a high place of authority shows glimpses of Jesus subsequent humiliation on the cross and exaltation through the resurrection. He also was a great "savior" for both the Egyptian and Israelite nations through the famine they faced
  • Moses delivered his people out of captivity and into freedom, just as Jesus has done for us, out of the captivity of the law and into the freedom of grace
  • Joshua, who's very name is the Hebrew counterpart to the Greek "Jesus."
  • David, the King of Israel from which Jesus descended
  • Daniel, who was placed in a "tomb" to die (the den of lions) but was "resurrected" from the pit by God's hand
  • Jonah, who Jesus Himself compares Himself to, mentioning that just as Jonah was in the fish three days and nights so the Son of Man would be in the earth
  • Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, who was to be the one who would prepare the way for the coming Messiah

The Old Testament all points forward to Jesus and the New Testament back to Him. No wonder we celebrate Christmas with such wonder and anticipation!

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Ryan serves as Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Living Word. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father of three, worshiper and creative.

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