Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
December 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Yearning for a Redeemer
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday December 7, 2014
Yearning for a Redeemer
“Behold the days come saith the Lord...” Jer. 31:31
Last Sunday marked the end of Thanksgiving 2014 
but it, also, signaled the beginning of Advent. This season 
encompasses four Sunday before Christmas. The sermon 
today is first in the 2014 Advent. It has been entitled, 
Yearning for a Redeemer and will encompass the 
following three dimensions, namely: Malachi’s warning 
the Jewish people of the forthcoming Silent Years; 
the Christians’ establishing an event in the Church 
calendar known as The Advent, and a signal to the 
Christians to anticipate The Second Advent at which 
time Christ shall return to the earth, in theological 
terms, the rapture. ( 1st Thess. 4:15-18 ). 
As background on the subject, attention will be placed 
on the word redeemer. It has an array of meanings that 
include the secular world, but others within the Christian 
context. Some of the worldly definitions include: to free from 
captivity; to buy back an outstanding debt owed by another; 

to extricate from a distressful situation; and to perform an 
act for another who was totally unable to so implement. 
While these definitions of redeemer are admirable and 
beneficial, not one of them can impact a person’s prospect 
for salvation. Hence, another type of redeemer is needed. 
That redeemer is found in Christian theology where “...Jesus 
is sometimes referred to as a Redeemer. This refers to the 
salvation he is believed to have accomplished, and is based 
on Biblical teachings, one of which is “ ...God sent forth his redeem them that were under the law...”( Gal. 4:4-5 ) 

It is this Biblical fact that anchors the word redeemer as 
used in the subject, Yearning for a Redeemer. 
Having given a synopsis on the key concept, redeemer, 
the focus will now be directed on the earlier specified 
parameters of the sermon, the first one being - The Silent 
Years. The Bible has two divisions: The Old Testament 
and the New Testament. These divisions are also known as 
the Old Covenant - Law - and the New Covenant - Grace. 
There is a lapse of 400 years between the two Testaments. 
No attempt is herein made to explain why God imposed 
such a lengthy period of silence for the Jewish people. 
It must be noted, however, that God did use the prophet, 
Malachi, to warn the Jewish people, first, of the 
forthcoming silence and, secondly, to informed them 
that it would end with the coming of John the Baptist. 
God had earlier promised to establish a New Covenant 
unlike the one the Jewish predecessors had broken. 
That New Covenant, according to Jeremiah 31:31, would 
be written in their inward part and be in their hearts: and 
will be their God, and they shall be my people. ( Jer. 31:33 ). 
In was in the recall of this promise that, during The Silent 
Years, the Jewish people commenced A Yearning for the 
Redeemer. Approximately, three Centuries after the birth 
of the Redeemer, some of the Church Fathers conceived the 
idea that a time should be set aside to commemorate the 
fulfillment of Malachi’s and Jeremiah’s prophecies had been 
actualized. Thus, the idea of Advent emerged and has been 
institutionalized as a part of the Christian Church calendar. 
This fact leads to the second focus on the sermon which is - 
What is the Advent? This word, Advent, ‘... means "coming" 
or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration 
of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the 
anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second 
Advent.’ This observation of Advent, like Thanksgiving and 
Christmas, has its special colors for display during the 
season. The Advent colors “...feature purple (or dark blue) 
and pink. The purple/blue color signifies seriousness, 
repentance, and royalty. Pink points to the minor theme of 
Advent, which is joy”. Advent is marked by a spirit of 
expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. 
There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the 
world of today, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt 
as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of 
those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a 
world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of 
deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed 
slaves and brought deliverance! Oh yes, God used Moses 
to provide leadership during the Exodus from Egypt, but 
it was the power of God manifested through the actions 
of Moses that the Israelites completed the journey. There 
have been and continue to be individuals whom God has 
is using to deliver His people from the evils of this world. 
Years ago, God used George Washington to lead the 
Colonists from the terror of the British Crown; in the 
early 1860's, God used President Abraham Lincoln to 
lead the enslaved Africans from the shackles of bondage 
in America. Almost 100 years later, God would intervene 
for a quasi free Negro, as known then, from the legalities 
of second class membership. Around fifty years later, God 
took an unprecedented leap and chose Obama to become 
President of America with the intent of helping America 
to live up to its creed of equality for all Americans. 
Beloved, these individual achieved a measure of 
success but not one was capable of reuniting the broken 
cord of eternal existence with the Father. Yet, the Bible 
asserts that in the fulness of time, God brought forth his 
Son - the Redeemer - to be offered as the unblemished 
lamb required for the sin price of fallen humanity. That 
spiritual conduit was made possible by the First Advent. The 
somber question now becomes - What is your stance on the 
Second Advent? This question constitutes the final 
concern of the sermon and, therefore, must be addressed 
by each reader and/or hearer of message. As pastor and 
writer, I can only proclaim the glorious message that 
Jesus has fulfilled the First Advent; I can further assert - 
according to the Bible - that He shall return as the Second 
Advent. But I, along with all other proclaimers of the 
Gospel, am unable to stand in for you. This requirement 
can only be fulfilled by your decision to accept Jesus as 
Lord and Savior. As a spiritual act of obedience to His 
request, we shall symbolize our faith in Him in preparation 
for the Second Advent as we partake of The Lord’s Supper 
at the end of this sermon on Yearning for the Redeemer. 
An invitation for discipleship will now be given and the 
communion service will follow. Amen!
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