************ Sermon on Acts 8:34 ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on December 15, 2019
"Who is the Prophet Talking About?"
Sunday School Christmas Program
Thank you for the songs, the beautiful singing. But now I want to ask you girls and boys the same question the eunuch asked Philip: "Tell me, please, who were you singing about?" Were you singing about yourself? Were you singing about someone else? Who were you singing about? GET ANSWER.
The Ethiopian eunuch was reading from Isaiah the prophet. Listen, again, to what he was reading:
(Acts 8:32) He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? GET ANSWER.
Let's expand the question. Who is the Bible talking about? From beginning to end, who is the Bible talking about? GET ANSWER.
The Lord told a man to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering on one of the mountains (Genesis 22). Who was that man? GET ANSWER. Who was the son? GET ANSWER. Who can tell me the story? GET STORY. Did you know, the story of Abraham and Isaac and the ram is a story about Jesus? Abraham and Isaac were climbing the mountain. They had wood, they had fire, they had a knife. But Isaac had a question: "The fire and wood are here but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" Abraham's answer: "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." As you know, God provided the ram caught by its horns. But many years later God provided another lamb. Jesus is "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (Jn 1:29). Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? The story of Abraham and Isaac and the ram is a story about Jesus, the Lamb of God.
Let's go to another story in the Bible. Two men were sent as spies to look over a city. The king of the city somehow found out about the spies and looked for them. A woman hid them on her roof. Who was the woman? Who were the spies? What was the name of the city? GET ANSWER. Rahab was told Jericho was going to be destroyed. Totally destroyed. Everyone was going to be killed. What did Rahab have to do to keep herself and her family safe? GET ANSWER. Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? The scarlet cord points to Jesus and His blood on the cross.
Now I want you to quote a Bible verse to me. I will start and you finish it: "The Lord is my ..." GET REPLY. "The Lord is my shepherd." Do you remember what Jesus said? "I am the good ..." The good what? GET REPLY. Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? Psalm 23 points us to Jesus.
Samuel was told to anoint a new king in Israel (1 Samuel 16). He went to Bethlehem. He went to the home of Jesse. Samuel looked over 7 different sons of Jesse. The boys were tall, strong, handsome. Were any of them going to be the next king of Israel? No. So who was left? GET ANSWER. Who was the big man David killed with a slingshot? GET ANSWER. David defeated all of Israel's enemies. His kingdom grew and grew. In David we see a picture of Jesus. Like David, He came from Bethlehem. Like David, He is king. Like David, He defeats all of His enemies. Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? He is talking about Jesus.
Three young men refused to bow before the king and his image (Daniel 3). Who were the young men? GET ANSWER. Who was the king? GET ANSWER. Tell me what happened. GET RESPONSE. How many men were thrown in the furnace? GET REPLY. How many men did King Nebuchadnezzar see in the furnace? GET REPLY. The king said the fourth man "looks like a son of the gods." Who was that fourth man? GET REPLY. Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? The fourth man was Jesus.
There was a prophet who was told to go to Nineveh (Jonah 1). He sailed away in the opposite direction. Anyone know his name? GET ANSWER. What happened to him? GET ANSWER. Jesus had something to say about Jonah: (Mt 12:40) "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? Jonah points to Jesus.
The Ethiopian eunuch was reading from Isaiah. Remember his question? "Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" In response to this question Philip told him the good news about Jesus. Philip told him Isaiah was speaking about the suffering and death of Jesus for our sins. Actually, Isaiah has a lot more to say about Jesus. Just one verse I want to mention:
(Isa 9:6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Who is the Prince of Peace ...? Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? Isaiah is talking about Jesus.
Who can tell me the first time Jesus is mentioned in the Bible? Way back before Abraham already. In the beginning. I am thinking of the Garden of Eden. What am I thinking about? GET RESPONSE. The Garden of Eden is where God gave the first promise of Jesus. Listen to the promise:
(Gen 3:15) "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."God is talking to Satan and He promises that Satan's head will be crushed by the seed of the woman, by a descendant of Eve and Adam. Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? He is talking about Jesus. We know it is Jesus Who destroys Satan.
From beginning to end the Bible is about Jesus. But it is not enough to say this. So let me ask, do you believe this? Do you know Jesus, girls and boys? Do you love Him? Do you serve Him? Have you given Him your heart? Does He live in your heart?
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