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December 14, 2014   Isaiah 9:6   Jesus  

 

    Someone has said, “Christ dug deep the gorges, piled up the hills, and probed up the mountains with His will.   The moon and the stars leaped on His arm.   He did not have to write His signature on the corner of a sunrise because He is the creator.  He did not have to place a laundry mark in the lapel of a meadow because He is the owner.   He did not have to carve His initials in the side of the mountain because He is the titleholder.  Christ did not have to put a brand on the cattle of a thousand hills because He is the proprietor. He did not have to take out a copyright on the songs the birds sing because Christ is the author.”  Jesus did not have to write his name on Mount Washington because he made it.    He did not have to write his name on Lake Winnipesaukee.  One person said if you made 1 grain of sand for each molecule in a drop of water you could build a road from NYC to LA.   I do not know if that is true but it has 20 zeros and 2 numbers in front of it.  Science points me to Jesus.     Isaiah says he is the mighty God, everlasting father, the government is upon his shoulders and that Jesus reigns on David’s throne.

    Isaiah is an interesting book.   There are many prophecies in Isaiah regarding Jesus.  There are 67 chapters in Isaiah and there are 67 books in the bible.   There 39 books in the OT and the first 39 chapters in Isaiah are full of prophecy of Gods judgment of the nations.   Those first 39 chapters are dark.   In the midst of these chapters of judgment is this passage regarding Jesus.  God always gives a picture a word a thought of hope.   In verse 2 it says the people walking in darkness have seen a great light.  This world is still pretty dark but we walk in light.  And in verse 3 you have enlarged the nation and increased their joy.   They were looking forward to Jesus.  In John chapter 1 Philip said we have found the one that Moses wrote about in the law. The promised Messiah was a big deal.   Simeon waited for the consolation of Israel. 

     The OT of course represents for the most part law and judgment.   Hebrews 7:18 in the English Standard Version says for on the one hand a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness and verse 19 for the law made nothing perfect.   That scripture points to the law as useless.  There was a passion for something new.  God’s people were expectant.   Imagine killing a sheep or bird every time you sinned.   How would you like to bring an offering every time you sinned?  The law was demanding in a way.  It was not user friendly.  The sacrifices would get old after awhile and expensive.  Then there are 27 chapters in Isaiah from 40 to 67.  Those chapters speak much more of hope and blessing.   There are 27 books in the New Testament.   The chapters 49 to 57 point to the Messiah with chapter 53 right in the middle.    Isaiah name fitly means salvation of Jehovah.       

    The theme of all scriptures is Jesus the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.   READ

    God’s people looked forward to him.  Did you ever have a great anticipation of something?   Perhaps you were excited about graduation, learning to drive, buying a car, marriage or getting that job.   God’s people waited for hundreds of years for the Messiah.   Sadly many are still waiting today.  Many of them are godly people who are blinded by the enemy.   Remember Paul’s commission was to open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. 

    They knew the scriptures about Jesus coming. We get pictures and glimpses of Jesus from the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned.    In Genesis 3:13 I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.   That is God talking with Satan.  Her offspring will crush your head Satan and you will bruise his heel.

      Satan’s head has been crushed.   Satan has been defeated.  We can walk in victory over Satan and death because of Christmas because Jesus came. Jesus destroyed the works of the devil.  Jesus defeated the devil and made an open show of the victory.   Jesus has the keys to death and Hades.   We get a wonderful picture of Jesus in the OT with the Passover.  The Jews put blood on their door posts and the angel of death passed them by when they were in Egypt.  Paul in I Corinthians 5:7 tells us that Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.  All of the animal sacrifices pointed to Jesus and the John the Baptist said behold the Lamb of God.  Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 written hundreds of years before Jesus are chapters that speak of Jesus. 

    Well we see in verse 6 a progression.   A child is born and a son is given and then we see that on his shoulders is the government and he is called wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father and prince of peace.   Those words could only refer to Jesus.   Jesus who is God came to us as child.   He was born as a baby and grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.  The disciples said he pitched his tent with us.  Hebrews says that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers.   Jesus identified with us.  Jesus experienced hunger and cold.  He suffered physical abuse and rejection.  He can identify with us and Jesus can understand us.    A son is born and a child is given. 

      God loved us so much he sent his very best to us.   God did not spare his own son.  He commanded us not to kill our children but God freely offered his son.  Can you imagine giving up your child to die?  A child is born and a son is given.   One would want to cry out God can’t you come up with a better plan?   There must be an easier way than offering your son.  It is not fair.   I agree it is not fair.  Sin is never fair.   God did not take any short cuts.  Unto us a child is born unto us a son is given.  God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.   He gave his son and in His son we have life. 

    We could ask ourselves what we want this year for Christmas.   I wanted some new good shirts.  Children want toys and things to play with.   Some look forward to that Christmas gift from work or a Christmas bonus.   People are more and more interested in getting quality things that last.   That is the kind of gift that God gave.  Isaiah says Everlasting father Jesus is permanent.   God’s gift is not here today and gone tomorrow.   It is not the kind of present that is working well today but with some use it becomes part of our trash tomorrow.  We have had some issues with our copier here at church and so I looked some new ones.  One that was on sale cost 100.00.   The ink cartridge cost 85 to 100.00.  I asked the sales man what do you do if you have mechanical trouble with it.   Well he said it cost a lot to ship it and then there is the cost of parts and labor to repair it.    It is a throw away.   It is cheaper just to buy a new one.  God’s gift is far more valuable than presents and things.   God gave his son.   Some presents never get used and they are ignored.   There value is not seen or appreciated by the person who received it.   God’s gift was a quality gift and a lasting gift.  Jesus is the light of the world as this passage says the people walking in darkness have seen a great light.  That light is Jesus. 

    This child that is born is unique.  The government is upon his shoulders.  How much of a load do you carry with you?   Most of us pretty much just carry our families and our work.  Most folks find that is enough for them.  That does not leave much left.   Some carry quite a load at work.  The medical field has their clients.  Businesses have their clients.  But generally we do not carry a huge amount on us.   I suppose in a way we are not made for it. .  I can’t even deal with the load of my own sin.  I am involved with a church right now where the pastor is retiring and the elder is leaving.   That is leaving some holes and some positions need to be filled and people are saying my plate is full.  I cannot carry that load.   I can’t do that work.    This child and this son carries the government on him.   He is the one who took the sin of the whole world.  The government is upon his shoulders.  This son is the Messiah.   The Messiah is a king and kings rule.   There is responsibility in governing and Jesus carries that load.     By the way your life works better when you let him carry that load.    This child and this son reigns on David’s throne as verse 7 tells us.  He is in control.  Jesus is on his throne.  This ole earth shakes and trembles and changes but Jesus reigns.  That is good news.  Whatever is going on in your life it is good to reflect once in awhile that Jesus is at the right hand of God and Jesus has all authority on earth.   This child is a king.   This son reigns.   This son is God.  This little baby was unique and worthy of worship.  This son was given and this son is not just any ole son he is the son of God and he is God.  He reigns and he is the king of kings.  He has his hand in Washington today and in the White House today and he has his hand on that button that can fire a missile.   

    This child is a wonderful counselor.   At 12 years old he was astounding the leaders of his day.  Luke tells us that everyone who heard Jesus was amazed at his understanding and his answers.  At 12 years old he sits with the teachers and everyone who heard him was amazed.   I Corinthians tells us that we have the mind of Christ and that we have wisdom because of Jesus.  Do you need wisdom today?   We live in such a complex time frame.   We need to listen to this wonderful counselor.  There is a lot of junk out there that just isn’t true and people base their life on it.     This child is a wonderful counselor.  Jesus has the answers to all your questions.   He is wisdom he embodies wisdom.  Isaiah says he is a wonderful counselor.  He speaks with authority.  He speaks truth.  Truth can be found.  Wisdom can be learned.

    This child is the mighty God and the everlasting father.   This son is the mighty God and everlasting father.  I suspect that Mary knew that Jesus was before her and equal to God.  I think I would find it intimidating to raise a child like that.  To have a son that was before you and that actually created you.  To have a son that is the mighty God.  It is interesting to think about that.   The everlasting father does not mean that Jesus is the father because Jesus is God’s son the Messiah.  This comment speaks that Jesus is God and that Jesus is eternal. This speaks of Jesus in regards to time and not his relationship to the other members of the trinity.   In His essence Jesus is God and has all the qualities of God including that Jesus is eternal.  Jesus said before Abraham was I am and that makes him either totally crazy or it makes him God because Abraham lived 2,000 years before Jesus was born.  Jesus is the center. 

       A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. One day the son died and the father was so grieved that in just a few months’ times… he also passed on.  There was to be a great auction of his paintings and a great many influential people gathered, hoping for an opportunity to purchase one of the great masters for their collections.
The auction opened with a painting of the rich man’s son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. "We will start the bidding with this picture of the man’s son. Who will bid for this picture?" There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, "We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one." 

      But the auctioneer persisted. "Will someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200? The son! The son! Who’ll take the "SON?"    Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. "I’ll give $10 for the painting."   "We have $10, who will bid $20?"   The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.   The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for $10."    A man sitting on the second row shouted, "Now let’s get on with the collection!"    The auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I’m sorry, the auction is over. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!"  It has been said there are 256 names for Jesus in the bible and he that has the son has it all.  Do you have the son today?