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Isaiah 9

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Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

  • \\ Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)*

6 For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty

God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace

there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne

and over his kingdom,

establishing and upholding it

with justice and righteousness

from that time on and forever.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.  

IN December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their “flying machine” off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: “We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.” Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, “How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.” He totally missed the big news—man had flown!

Christmas Expectations

What are your expectations?

          Snow

          Family

          Warm, cozy feelings.

          Get gifts/give gifts

          Feast

The ideal Christmas

          What does it look like?

          What are your expectations?

The people of God had expectations for the messiah but they should have looked at what their Scriptures proclaimed.

          List of Scriptures

          God as man? Ridiculous, blasphemous.

          King, savior, warrior who would come and save them.

          Political figure not a personal

 

Our son, our child

6 For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

 

and it was at the marriage ceremony that the veil was lifted from the bride’s face and laid on the shoulder of the bridegroom, to the declaration, “the government will be upon his shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6).



!!! And he shall be called…


And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty

God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace

there will be no end.


 

Wonderful  Mighty  Everlasting   Prince 
miracle, marvelous thing, i.e., an astounding thingthe power of the wonderMarvelousThe declaration of wonderBeyond understanding  AlmightyStrongPowerfulValiantVictoriousHeroic  EternalUnlimitedPerpetualFrom ancient times continuing to the futureForever  Ruler LordLeaderHead OverseerCaptain 
Counselor  Mighty God  Father   Peace 
Wise advisorPlannerConsultantGiver of Counsel    FounderCaregiverCreatorChief   CompletenessSafenessSatisfactionHealthBlessingProsperityContentment

The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding. - Martin Luther,

The Trinity is embodied in this passage.

No end of increase

Of the increase of his government and peace

there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne

and over his kingdom,

establishing and upholding it

with justice and righteousness

from that time on and forever.

 

 

  1. We are involved in the business of eternity.
  2. Not only has the number of Christians increased every year since Jesus began his minitry but the overall percentage of Christians in the world has increased Close to ¼ of the worlds population calls themselves Christians.

  1. 21 baptisms, we are part of an eternal movement

  1. Heaven 50 years with Pastor Jerry, 50 years with the person next to you, 50 years with Paul, and you will not have run out of time..

  1. Does that make you excited? You are not alone.

 

 

The zeal of the Lord

The zeal of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.

  1. God zealously anticipated this day. Wait till my boy comes and you see what he does for you!

  1. Are you expecting him to be your amazing source of wisdom?
  2. Are you expecting him to be your source of power?
  3. Do you recognize that he is your father forever? Your eternal caregiver?
  4. That he is ruler, in charge of your peace, your completeness, your safeness and your satisfaction?

  1. Or are you hoping for some warm fuzzy feelings, a new tie and a piece of Turkey. Much more awaits you this Christmas if you get a proper perspective of what to expect.

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