Unto Us A Child Is Born

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Main Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7

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Unto Us A Child Is Born

UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN
Isaiah 9:1-7
- This is a familiar passage
- Too familiar that it is easy to hear the words and not be affected.
- We assume the meaning and significance and think we don't need to hear it again.
- Overfamiliarity is dangerous.
- We need to remember our God and ponder on the Scriptures.
Here we talk about the incarnation of God Himself.
J.I. Packer says, “Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the incarnation,” ("Knowing God").
Context:
- This passage is usually read during the merry and light of Christmas.
- This passage was originally written during a dark time, where evil and idolatrous King Ahaz was in rule.
- God promised deliverance from the darkness through Jesus Christ.
- We learned that King Ahaz failed to place his trust in the Lord.
- The overarching principle/theme of OT is the covenant faithfulness of God toward His people despite their sinfulness.
- (v. 7) "the zeal of the Lord... will do this", regardless of their rebellion and evil works.
I. Place of the Light
- First, why Galilee? It is not a particularly famous place. Of all the places that Jesus could have gone! This nation is not even great.
- The lack of importance and the darkness of Galilee is the very point!
- Jesus goes there out of His way to preach repentance.
- You and I are Galilee! Jesus is speaking to our hearts, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
II. Purpose of the Light
- (v. 3) Joy - "that comes at the harvest time and when having defeated an enemy and so dividing the spoil". This will be the normative state of our existence forever in the Lord.
- (v. 4) Freedom - the freedom that is coming is like the freedom that was one with Gideon - a great deliverance from slavery (sin), through nothing but the power of God.
- (v. 5) Peace - the tools that are normally used for war will all be nothing but fuel to keep the fire burning for the Lord.
III. Person of the Light (vs. 6-7)
- Now we turn to the beauty of our Christ.
- One of the most splendid descriptions of Jesus in all the Scripture.
- These descriptions identify Him as divine.
a. Wonderful Counsellor - too lofty a name! (Judges 13),
b. Mighty God - it is a blasphemy to call someone this if they are not "Mighty God"!
c. Everlasting Father - One who cares, produces heirs, provides, etc.
d. Prince of Peace - nothing out of order is in Him, One who reconciles His people to the Father, One who causes us to be justified, sanctified and eventually glorified!
Where do we go for counsel, peace, strength, care and love? We go to Him who provides those very things!
If these words won't move your hearts to cause you to see His beauty, then nothing will!
We pray our God will stir your hearts for Him.