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Jesus is our Advocate [Dec. 5, 2010]

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Speaker: Brian Doten

Series: More than a baby . . .

Title: Jesus is our Advocate

Text: 1 John 2:1 – 2;  Matthew 1:21 – 27

Big idea: Jesus, the Righteous One, is our advocate before God the Father, pleading our case before him.

Description: God has a mission for every person born.  He has dreams and desires for every life, yours included.  God had a mission for Jesus that included showing people what God the Father is like, teaching people God’s truth, serving others and doing God’s will.  Jesus’ greatest mission, though, was to die on the cross and be the atonement for our sins.  The angel of the Lord who appeared to Joseph in a dream before Jesus’ birth  Joseph that.  He said, “. . . and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” The angel’s words remind us that before baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem his cross on Calvary was prophesied and spoken by both prophets and angels. That’s why we marvel at the cradle where baby Jesus laid but we also celebrate the cross that paid the price of our sin.  The cradle always looks forward to the cross.

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