Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

December 4, 2022 Preacher: Gareth Franks Series: Christmas Season

Topic: The Gospel, Christian Living Scripture: Isaiah 9:1–7

The promise of Christ’s birth was distant for the Isrealites of old. For us, his second coming may seem to be a long time away. But God’s mercy remains sure and steadfast, and just as it sustained Israel of old, we are to have a God-centered hope in whatever trials come our way. A hope that comes from the Messiah, the one the herald-angels sang about, Jesus promised in Isaiah 9, and born in Bethlehem 700 years later.

Our passage follows the outline below:

1. The Promise of a Glorious Light (Isaiah 9.1-2)
2. The Promise of a Glorious Increase and Joy (Isaiah 9.3)
3. The Promise of a Glorious Freedom and Peace (Isaiah 9.4-5)
4. The Promise of a Once and Future Redeemer (Isaiah 9.6-7)

The most important part of Isaiah 9:6 are the first three words, “For to us.” We actually see them repeated: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” The gift of Christ is a personal gift from God to us. A gift requires a response. If I put a gift under your tree, you may acknowledge it, may admire it, may even thank me for it, but it isn’t yours until you open it and take it for yourself.

Jesus is calling you by name. Will you call out to the only Name given under heaven by which you can be saved? Do you know Him? Let God’s perfect promise renew your hope this Christmas season. Amen.

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