This sermon helps us understand the Psalms' prophecy of Jesus' birth more clearly.
You can't really understand Christmas without understanding the Old Testament. And that means you can't truly sing about Christmas without first singing the songs of the Old Testament, the Psalms. And at Christmas time, you've got to sing! This is the first of four sermons based on four different psalms that speak powerfully about the promise and hope of Christmas in a series we've entitled, The Psalms of Christmas. This sermon examines Psalm 2.
The year was 1980. The Olympics were weeks away, but everyone knew. The US hockey team wasn’t that good. Coach Herb Brooks had chosen to go an unorthodox route to build his team, and it wasn’t paying off. Instead of loading up on the best college players in the land, he chose, instead, to fill his roster with those who he thought would make the most cohesive team, even if that meant choosing lesser-skilled players. It sounded wise; but when that team played the Soviets in a pre-Olympic exhibition game, they were crushed 10-3. And that is when everyone knew: the Olympics had not even started yet, but the US team was done. But then something strange happened when the games began. Far from being eliminated in the first round, the US team showed amazing resilience and came out of the first round winning four games and tying one (and
As we move fully into the Advent season, this is a fitting conclusion to our series on the Minor Prophets as we explore their understanding of the coming Messiah, based on Micah 5:1-9.