Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bible Verses for Death Was Arrested



The tombstone of Samuel Burr in Saint Marys, Georgia reads: 
“Here rests what was mortal of Samuel Burr, age 42.
In search of health far from his endeared home, Death arrested his progress on April the 2nd, 1831.Quietly he fell asleep in the Christian hope of immortality and glory forever. Oh, the vanity of man in his best estate. Traveler pause and drop a tear at a grave Of one so worthy and so deeply lamented and learn wisdom for eternity."

The inscription on this tombstone stuck with Brandon Coker for more than two years before a discussion with Adam Kersh, Heath Balltzglier, and Paul Taylor led to the writing of the song Death Was Arrested. The song turns on the idea that death doesn't arrest the progress of life (like Samuel Burr's tombstone says), but Jesus has arrested death and so a believer's death is the beginning of a new chapter. For believers, eternal life continues after we die on this earth, but it begins the moment we believe in Christ and his death for our sin (John 3:16).


Death Was Arrested

by Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, Heath Balltzglier, and Paul Taylor

Verse 1:
Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin,
Ephesians 2:1-3 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
Lost without hope with no place to begin,
Jesus said in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Your love made a way to let mercy come in
Ephesians 2:4-8 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
When death was arrested and my life began.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “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.

Verse 2:
Ash was redeemed only beauty remains,
Isaiah 61:3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
My orphan heart was given a name,
Isaiah 65:15 “You will leave your name for a curse to My chosen ones, And the Lord God will slay you. But My servants will be called by another name.”
Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’ 
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
Psalm 30:11-12 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
When death was arrested and my life began
Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.

Chorus:

Oh your grace so free washes over me
Romans 5:15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
You have made me new now life begins with you
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
It's your endless love pouring down on us
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
You have made us new now life begins with you

Verse 3:
Released from my chains I'm a prisoner no more
About Jesus in Luke 4:17-19 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon ME, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
My shame was a ransom he faithfully bore
Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 13:13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
He canceled my debt and he called me his friend
1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
 Jesus said in John 15:15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
When death was arrested and my life began
1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

Verse 4:
Our Savior displayed on a criminal's cross
Luke 23:33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
Luke 23:44-45 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
About Jesus in Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.”
That's when death was arrested and my life began
That's when death was arrested and my life began
2 Timothy 1:10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

Chorus:
Oh your grace so free washes over me
You have made me new now life begins with you
It's your endless love pouring down on us
You have made us new now life begins with you

Bridge:
We're free, free, forever we're free.
Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
Come join the song of all the redeemed.
Revelation 5:9-10 (KJV) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Yes, we're free, free, forever. Amen.
Hebrews 2:14-15 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
When death was arrested and my life began.
Revelation 20:14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Bible Verses for Hills and Valleys



I don't know about your life, but mine has constant ups and downs.  Victorious high points followed by gut-wrenching moments where life bottoms out.  Each moment has its challenges in remembering God in it all.  This song helps put everything in perspective. 

Hills and Valleys

by Tauren Wells, Chuck Butler, Jonathan Smith

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
Psalm 56:8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowest place
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
And I have held Your blessings
God, You give and take away
Job 1:20-21 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love
Psalm 33:22  Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.

Chorus:
On the mountains, I will bow my life to the One who set me there
Psalm 99:9 (HCSB) Exalt the Lord our God; bow in worship at His holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
Psalm 84:6 Passing through the valley of Baca [weeping] they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
Proverbs 16:9 The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
2 Samuel 22:34 “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places."
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In You I hope again
Psalm 43:5 Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
No matter what
I know I’m safe inside Your hands
John 10:27-28 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

Chorus:
On the mountains, I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

Father, You give and take away
Every joy and every pain
1 Samuel 2:7-8 “The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts. He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles, and inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He set the world on them.”
Through it all, You will remain over it all
Job 42:2 “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted."

On the mountains, I will bow my life
In the valley, I will lift my eyes

Chorus:
On the mountains, I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

And I will choose to say
Blessed be Your name
Job 1:20-21 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
And I am not alone
Hebrews 13:5-6  Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.  What will man do to me?”

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bible Verse photos of Why Jesus Was Born

Free Images of Bible Verses With Reasons That Jesus Was Born | scriptureand.blogspot.com

All throughout December, you hear Christians talking about the reason for the season. Most of our society would say the reason for Christmas is to spread love. Most Christians would say it is to celebrate Jesus' birth. But why? Why was Jesus born? Why did He come to earth? What was His purpose?

If you want to study the purpose of Jesus' birth a little deeper, you can use my printable Why Was Jesus Born activity.

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There are actually quite a few Bible verses about why Jesus came:

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”
Why Was Jesus Born? Matthew 5:17 To Fulfill the Law | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Mark 1:38 He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.”
Why Was Jesus Born? Mark 1:38 To preach | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Mark 2:17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Why Was Jesus Born? Mark 2:17 To call sinners | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Why Was Jesus Born? Mark 10:45 To serve and to give His life | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Why Was Jesus Born? Luke 19:10 To seek and to save the lost | scriptureand.blogspot.com

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Why Was Jesus Born? John 3:16 To give us eternal life | scriptureand.blogspot.com

John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
Why Was Jesus Born? John 3:17 To save the world | scriptureand.blogspot.com

John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
Why Was Jesus Born? John 6:38 To do God's will | scriptureand.blogspot.com

John 12:27-28a “Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.”
Why Was Jesus Born? John 12:27-28a To die for us and to glorify the Father | scriptureand.blogspot.com

John 18:37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Why Was Jesus Born? John 18:37 To testify to the truth | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Why Was Jesus Born? Galatians 4:4-5 To redeem and adopt us | scriptureand.blogspot.com

1 Timothy 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
Why Was Jesus Born? 1 Timothy 1:15 To save sinners | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Hebrews 2:14-15 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Why Was Jesus Born? Hebrews 2:14-15 To defeat the devil and free us from the fear of death | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Why Was Jesus Born? Hebrews 2:17 To pay the penalty for our sins | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Hebrews 9:26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Why Was Jesus Born? Hebrews 9:26 To put away sin | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Hebrews 10:7 “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of me) to do Your will, O God.’”
Why Was Jesus Born? Hebrews 10:7 To do the will of the Father | scriptureand.blogspot.com

1 John 3:8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
Why Was Jesus Born? 1 John 3:8 To destroy the works of the devil | scriptureand.blogspot.com

1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
Why Was Jesus Born? 1 John 4:9 So we could live through Him | scriptureand.blogspot.com

1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Why Was Jesus Born? 1 John 4:10 To pay the penalty for our sins | scriptureand.blogspot.com

1 John 4:14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
Why Was Jesus Born? 1 John 4:14 To be the Savior of the world| scriptureand.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bible Verses for Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

I love Christmas carols. I especially love ones that focus on themes that are in the Bible.  This Christmas carol is packed full of theological concepts, which isn't surprising since it was written by Charles Wesley.  It also focuses on the theme that I have been studying this Christmas season: Why Jesus was born.  If you want to delve deeper into some verses about why Jesus is born, you can check out my printable activity Why Jesus Was Born.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus; Born to set Thy people free | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Here is a great version by Seacoast Worship:

Or from Meredith Andrews:

Here is Chris Tomlin's a capella worship version:

Or if you are used to hearing it with the tune Stuttgart instead of Hyfrydol:




I especially love this visual version, that shows how Jesus was being looked forward to throughout the story of the Bible.


No matter which version you like best, this Christmas carol is definitely a blessing.


Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

by Charles Wesley, 1744
Verse 1:
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Luke 2:38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Hebrews 2:14-15 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Hebrews 4:3,10 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.... For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Speaking of Simeon who was watching for the Messiah, in Luke 2:25 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
Joel 3:16 (KJV) The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Jeremiah 14:8 O Hope of Israel, its Savior in time of distress, why are You like a stranger in the land or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night?"
Matthew 1218-21 “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. “He will not quarrel, nor cry out; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A battered reed He will not break off, and A smoldering wick He will not put out, until He leads justice to victory. And in His name the Gentiles will hope.
Dear desire of every nation,
Haggai 2:7 (KJV) And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.
Joy of every longing heart.
1 Peter 1:8-9 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.


Verse 2:
Born Thy people to deliver,

Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Born a child and yet a King,
Ptophesying about Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

John 18:37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
Jeremiah 31:33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Bible Verses About Why Jesus Was Born

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. | scriptureand.blogspot.com


All throughout December, you hear Christians talking about the reason for the season.  Most of our society would say the reason for Christmas is to spread love.  Most Christians would say it is to celebrate Jesus' birth.  But why?  Why was Jesus born?  Why did He come to earth?  What was His purpose?

There are actually quite a few Bible verses about why Jesus came:

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”
Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
Mark 1:38 He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.”
Mark 2:17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
John 9:39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”
John 12:27 “Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.”
John 18:37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
1 Timothy 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
Hebrews 2:14-15 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 9:26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Hebrews 10:7 “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of me) to do Your will, O God.’”
1 John 3:8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

You can examine these reasons a little more deeply with the activity.  Print out the activity.  Then, read through the verses and underline the reasons that Jesus came.  Also, look for repeated words or themes.  Then, cut the Bible verses out and put them into piles to categorize them into common reasons.

Free Printable Why Was Jesus Born? Individual or Group Bible Activity | scriptureand.blogspot.com

When you are finished, examine them to see if any appear to be contradictory.  If so, how is the contradiction resolved?  Is there a theme that is repeated most?  Why?




What Bible verses am I missing?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Bible Verses for O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. | scriptureand.blogspot.com

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is an advent song that has been around for a long time. It is based on the O Antiphons that go back to at least the eighth century. The later version, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, is believed to date back to the twelfth century, though it was published in 1710 in Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum in Latin. Additional stanzas (Wisdom and Desire of Nations) were added in 1878. 

The major English translations were written by John Mason Neale in 1851 and later revised in 1861. The revision changed "Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel" to "O come, O come, Emmanuel." In 1906, Thomas Alexander Lacey also translated the text. The additional verses were translated by Henry Sloane Coffin in 1916.

This carol is undoubtedly based on Scripture passages.  It looks at many prophetic passages about the first coming of Jesus, born in Bethlehem.  As an advent song, it looks forward to Jesus' first arrival.  Although that event has already passed, we now both rejoice over the work Jesus did in His first coming and look forward to the final fulfillment in His second coming.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Verse 1:
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
Prophesying about Jesus in Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
An angel told Joseph in Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear A Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

Speaking of Israel in the Millenium in Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the Lord will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion, with everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
Luke 2:10-12 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Verse 2:
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Prophesying about Jesus, in Isaiah 11:1-2 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
Acts 10:38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o'er the grave.
I Corinthians 15:54-57 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “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.
Hebrews 2:14-15 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


Verse 3:
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Zacharias prophesying about John the Baptist leading the way for Jesus, in Luke 1:76-79 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways; To give to His people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Balaam prophesied in Numbers 24:17 “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, a scepter shall rise from Israel, and shall crush through the forehead of Moab, znd tear down all the sons of Sheth."
Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Isaiah 9:2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


Verse 4:
O come, Thou Key of David, come

Speaking of Jesus in Revelation 3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:"
And open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel


Verse 5:
Oh, come, our Wisdom from on high,
1 Corinthians 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God,
Who ordered all things far and nigh; 
Jeremiah 51:15 It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding He stretched out the heavens.
To us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go. 
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Verse 6:
Oh, come, Desire of nations, bind

Haggai 2:7 (KJV) And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.
All peoples in one heart and mind; 
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease,
Fill all the world with heaven's peace. 
Ephesians 2:14-16 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.
Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.