Jesus is our Consolation
BIG IDEA: How is your heart prepared to receive Christ for who he really is?
God prepares people to receive Christ by:
1. Pointing us to a stirring and longing for consolation.
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The consolation of our Conversion
2. Pointing us to the source and goal our Longings.
The Consolation that Jesus Brings
Consolation of our fathers tender affection for us in our weakness.
Consolation of God’s pardon for a sin-sick people.
Consolation that places God’s anger in the past
Jesus is the perfect fulfillment
Jesus is universal amnesty of God
Jesus is the source of healing
3. Pointing us to our redeemer.
Redeemer, Redemption. English words derived from a Latin root meaning “to buy back,” thus meaning the liberation of any possession, object, or person, usually by payment of a ransom. In Greek the root word means “to loose” and so to free. The term is used of freeing from chains, slavery, or prison. In the theological context, the term “redemption” indicates a freeing from the slavery of sin, the ransom or price paid for freedom. This thought is indicated in the Gospels, which speak of Christ who came “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28; Mk 10:45).