The Gift of Jesus: Everlasting Father, Isaiah 9:6; various texts

December 28th, 2016

The Gift of Jesus: Everlasting Father

Isaiah 9:6; Various Texts

The Child’s Father

  • This child who comes to rule is named ʾăbîʿad: “My father is Eternal”

    • It is not necessarily a claim that this child is the Eternal Father
    • But rather that he is Son of God
  • The only human ever to be called God’s eternal son is the promised Messiah (2 Sam. 7:16; see Ps. 2; 89)
    • The Eternal Davidic King = The Christ


The Gift of the King

  • This Eternal King comes to give access to His Eternal Father (John 14:6; Eph. 2:18-19)

    • A relationship with the Eternal God of the Universe
  • And to have this relationship is to have Eternal Life (John 17:3)
  • The gift that Jesus gives us is God Himself
    • And with Him, Eternal Life


The Gift We Can Give

  • If we have this relationship with the Eternal Father through Jesus

    • We have Eternal Life to offer the world


So What?

  • This Christmas, have you received the gift of Jesus?
  • And if so, are you sharing Him with the world?

Meditation Verse: Luke 1:32

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The Gift of Jesus: Might God Isaiah 9:6; various texts

December 19th, 2016

The Gift of Jesus: Mighty God

Isaiah 9:6; Various Texts

The Child who is God

  • Isaiah describes this coming king with a unique name:

    • Mighty God” (ʾēl gibbôr)
    • Mighty: Strength of the king to overcome his enemies
  • Isaiah often uses names symbolically
    • ) In Isa. 7:14, Immanuel is not the actual name of the child, but rather what his presence represents, “God with us”
    • When one looks at how Isaiah uses this name in 10:21, “A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.”
      • It is obvious that the prophet understood this child is to be identified as God Himself
    • And yet, Isaiah describes this Mighty God as:
      • A child who will be born
    • To a monotheistic Jewish prophet:
      • How can the eternal God be born some time in the future?!
      • How can God became a man?!
        • And not just appear as human
        • But be born as a child?!


Who is this Mighty God?

  • The answer came 700 years after Isaiah wrote it
  • Not in a castle, where you would expect a king to be born
    • But in a stable
  • Not to the rejoicing of the nations
    • But to sounds of animals
    • And the praise of angels
  • When this king was born, who is Mighty God
    • He came into the world like every other human being (Phil. 2:6-8)
    • Because this Mighty God came to carry the name Jesus (Matt. 1:21)


The Gift of the Mighty God

  • Jesus came to show us who God is (John 14:7-9; see also 10:30; Matt. 11:27)
  • But, because Jesus is Mighty God, He came to give us what God in His might provides in Isaiah (Isa 63:1; see also 1:24; Isa 49:26; Isa 60:16)
    • He comes to provide us with salvation

      • And not just from our earthly foes
      • But from sin and death itself


The Gift We Can Share

  • If we have received Jesus as Mighty God, the Giver of Salvation

    • Then we have a gift to give to the world (Luke 2:10-11)




So What?

  • Have we received the Gift of Jesus, Mighty God, Giver of Salvation?
  • Are we giving that gift to others?

Meditation Verse: Luke 2:10-11

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