10 prophesies about Jesus 700 years before He was born.

1) Isaiah 40:3-5 – He will be proceeded by a voice crying in the wilderness.

All four gospels claim John is this voice preparing the way for Jesus.

2) Isaiah 7:14 – He will be born of a virgin and name Emmanuel (God with us).

Mathew 1 – Mary is the virgin and her son shall be called Emmanuel.

3) Isaiah 9:6-7 – He is the forever King who bears the name Mighty God.

Luke 1:32 – Jesus will be great and called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David forever.

4) Isaiah 11:1-3 – He shall be a righteous branch from the line of David.

1 Peter 2:22 – Jesus committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.

5) Isaiah 28:16 – He will be the cornerstone.

Acts 4:11 – Jesus is the stone that was rejected by men, the builders, which has become the cornerstone of the church.

6) Isaiah 40:11 – He will be a good shepherd who cares for the sheep.

John 10 Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd.”

7) Isaiah 35:4-6 – He will cause the blind to see and deft to hear.

Luke 7:22 – “Should we look for another?” And he (Jesus) answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.”

8) Isaiah 25:8-9 – He will shallow up death.

1 Cor 15:55-57 – “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

9) Isaiah 42:3 – He will be the hope of the Gentiles.

Matthew 12:18-21 “and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

10) Isaiah 61:1-2a – He will be the Spirit filled Messiah who brings the year of the Lord’s favor.

Luke 4 – Jesus says He is the Spirit filled Messiah.

Therefore, Jesus is God who became a man to live the righteous life we couldn’t and die the death we all deserve, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus is the “Anointed One”, who is called the Christ.

Isaiah 53

The Arm of the Lord (53:1)

ESV study Bible – “the power of God in action.”

Humility of the Savior (53:2-3)

God became a man. Men rejected Him as worthless.

Work of the Savior (53:4-5)

Summary: Jesus died in our place for our sins (Penal Substitutionary atonement).

He was wounded (pierced) for OUR transgressions.

His chastisement (punishment) brought OUR peace; His stripes OUR healing.

Our Need for the Savior (53:6)

“All we like sheep have gone astray” (We rebelled against a Holy God).

Willingness of the Savior (53:7-9)

“By oppression and justice He was taken away.”
Everything about Jesus’ trial was illegal, yet Jesus did not protest.

“Opened not His mouth”. Full submission to the purpose of saving His people.

Submission of the Savior (53:10-11)

“Will of the Lord to crush Him.”
Jesus was not a martyr, nor was His death an accident. He was God’s sacrifice for the sins of the world.

Satisfaction of the Savior (53:11)

Out of His anguish the wrath of God was satisfied.

By Jesus the many are accounted righteous.

Victory of the Savior (53:12)

“Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoils with strong”.

Jesus shares the victory of the cross with His people.

The Forgotten Missionary

I’m 20,000 feet above somewhere between Nashville and Phoenix, making last minute tweaks to sermon notes, bible studies, and daily schedules. There are 23 others aboard this plane who should be reading their travel devotion and looking over their teaching books, as they prepare to teach the gospel to Native Americans on a reservation outside Phoenix, along with Congolese refugees in Phoenix.

But there is a girl at home who is doing none of that. She is not working on her testimony or memorizing four steps to share the gospel. She is not wearing a team shirt, toting a carry-on, or taking selfies at the airport. No, this girl is not on this “mission trip”, but if it were not for her, neither would I.

This week, like many weeks, my wife will serve as the forgotten missionary. She will not be in any of the videos or make any of the photo albums. She will not get the thrill of crossing cultures to share the gospel. She will not fill her journal with forever memories of an epic adventure.

Instead, this week she will be changing diapers, washing clothes, cooking meals, cleaning house, and completely emptying herself for the betterment of three boys. Instead, this week my wife will spend her time serving missionary work that will far outlast one week in July. Because this week my wife will invest in three boys, all under the age of 5, who we pray will one day change the world.

So at the beginning of another mission trip that will get tweeted (and retweeted), facebooked, youtubed, and instagramed, I want to acknowledge one who will go unnoticed and under appreciated this week: my wife. And I want to say thank you for staying, so I could go.

Katie, this week you will serve the Kingdom of Christ behind closed doors with screaming voices, snotty noses, and constant demands for more chocolate milk. But do not think your work is in vain or unnoticed. For the same Lord who will fix his eyes on our missionary work in the desert, will also have His eyes fixed on a little house in Almo, because in both places He will be glorified and His kingdom will be magnified.

So here’s to you, forgotten missionary. I’m holding the rope for you.

6/15 – 5 Lessons about fatherhood.

1. There is no i in father. 

I grew up believing that being a dad meant loosing yourself in order to love and lead your family, because that’s what I saw my dad do. Now with three sons of my own, I hope they will grow up with the same model of fatherhood. I was recently asked what some of my favorite hobbies were. I laughed and said, “I only have three hobbies; Crider, Finley, and Garnett.”

 

2. Love their mother more. 

As a son I always knew my dad loved me like crazy, but I also knew he loved my mom even more than me. Just a few weeks ago my son Finley asked, “Dad, do you love mom more than me.” Without hesitation I said, “Yes.” Dads love your kids like crazy, but love their mom even more.

 

3. Confess, forgive, grow.

Fatherhood is extremely difficult and as a father I fail almost everyday before my wife and kids. I have come to understand my kids don’t need a perfect father, they need a real father who confesses when he fails, and forgives others when they do. My kids need a father who is growing into the likeness of Jesus, and that comes through confession and change.

 

4. Father for your grandkids sake. 

I don’t just want to raise my sons to be courageous men for Christ, I also want them to raise their sons to do the same. When I teach my sons a lesson, I often follow it with, “and this is what you need to teach your kids when your a dad one day”. My prayer is that there will be a legacy of Cunningham’s who will walk with the Lord in the midst of a crooked generation.

 

5. Love God the most. 

Yes, I saved the best for last. The most important thing any father can do is to love God the most. Love God more than your wife. Love God more than your kids. Make your home about the glory of Christ, because your kids or wife can’t handle being the true center. Lead your family to worship Christ supremely, and in doing so you will have fathered them well.

Happy Father’s Day.

How to pray each day for our Nicaragua team.

Saturday – safe travel to Nicaragua.

Sunday – children’s VBS, Adult Discipleship, & outreach service at The Promise Land (the village we brought water to last year).

Monday & Tuesday – teaching teams & lessons at La Panama School. Afternoon work projects at the school.

Wednesday – teaching teams & lessons in morning. Afternoon home visitation and evangelism using food boxes.

Thursday – morning teaching lessons at La Panama, afternoon finishing up projects, night preaching at local church.

Friday – beach outreach ministry.

Saturday – safe travel back home.

Thanks for holding the rope!

(Also please for me. I caught the flu before leaving and will be traveling on Sunday to catch up with the team. Pray for speedy recovery & health for the rest of the team.)

6/13 – Stay connected to our Nicaragua Team this week

Church family, friends, and loved ones; here a few different ways to stay connected to our Nicaragua trip this week (June 14-21).

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