Randall Caselman

Bella Vista Church of Christ

12/23/2018 A.M.

 

Good News of Great Joy

The Blessing Of His Comingis Coming

 

Isaiah 7.14 & 9.6-7

 

Well...We’ve come to the end of our series on the Coming of God into the world.

 

• We noted... The Reason For His Coming... Our Sin...

 

• The Promise Of His Coming... Prophecy... Over 300 from the OldTestament... 130 times the New Testament writers refer back to the Old Testament foretelling of Messiah.

 

• The Method Of His Coming... Incarnation... God becoming flesh...

 

• And The Purpose of His Coming...

 

Today...As the secular world focuses on the Birth of Jesus... We examine The Blessings of His Coming.

 

In all of Scripture… There’s no prophecy more thrilling than that found in our text.

• In the midst of some awful prophesies about Judah and the fate of Jerusalem…

• In the middle of today’s broken world

• In the middle of our… Gloom… Doom…And distress…

There stands One who is come to… Deliver us… forgive us… Save us.

• He’s the bread of Life...

• The light of the world....

• He’s... The Way... The Truth... and The Life...

• He is the reason for our rejoicing… Not just in this season… But every day we live...

• He is our victory over... Satan... Sin... Death...

• He is the One who lifts our burdens… And promises us rest...

• He forgives and saves.

 

Isaiah chapter seven and nine... Access a Worship Bulletin and read it with me.... Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign... A virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel... 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. 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.

 

Someone has pointed out that there are over 255 names for Jesus in the Bible.

But this morning we consider only six given here by Isaiah…

Six attributes of His nature that become our blessings...

 

Immanuel... God with us.

We’ve started each of these lessons with a brief thought on Incarnation... The idea of God becoming flesh and dwelling among us... To forgive and save us.

 

You see... Satan’s objective has always been... Will always be... Division... Separation... Discord... CHAOS.

• Separation... Discord... Chaos... Between God and Man...

• Between Man and Man...

• Chaos… Anxiety… Uncertainty… Within Our Own Heart…

 

The Prophet said... Your sins have separated you and your God... God hates sin because it places a barrier between Him and Us.

 

Solomon tells us that He also hates those who cause discord and chaos brother-to-brother.

 

So...Jesus came to tie God and Man inseparably together... To reunite us to God... as if we had never sinned... Never fallen.

 

It’s called incarnation... God becoming flesh and dwelling among us.

 

On a chilly night... A group of Africans were discussing the missionary’s attempt to explain the incarnation. As they prepared to go out into the cold... They wrapped their blankets around themselves a little tighter... And one said... You know… When Jesus came into the world... He drew a blanket around Himself... And God was inside that blanket.

 

Again… I like the way Eugene Peterson translates John 1.14 in The Message Translation... The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.

 

Jesus becoming one of us… Living as we live.

 

Indeed... There is something prophetic about what Abigail said to David about the holy child in First Samuel 25.29... The soul of my Lord will be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God... Indeed... The soul of Jesus was bound in a Divine blanket.

 

It’s interesting to note that... In Revelation 1.13... Jesus is seen still in the neighborhood… Still among those for whom He died... With whom He is forever identified through His incarnation.

 

In Hebrews 6.19 and 7.24... The Writer says... Jesus is made a high priest... How long... Forever… Forever in an unchangeable priesthood.

 

Your preacher believes these Scriptures to teach that Jesus is forever God & Human.

 

He is forever inseparably tied to us... Totally God... Totally man...

 

Indeed... Jesus Christ is the same... Yesterday... Today... And forever...

Oh... My Lord... I love Thee...

Worship and adore Thee...

God from everlasting...

Man forever more.

 

He is wonderful.

When I say there are six names… It depends on where you place the commas in our text.

 

Because there was no punctuation in the original Hebrew...

• Is Isaiah saying Jesus is wonderful?...Or...

• Is he using wonderful as an adjective… Saying He is a wonderful counselor?

 

The NIV has the comma after counselor with a footnote that it could be placed after wonderful.

 

For our lesson this morning… We're going to place the comma after Wonderful.

 

Jesus is wonderful in His birth... Virgin born... Born of God... Born Immanuel...

Wonderful in his life... Lived without sin... Without spot or blemish...

Wonderful in his death & Resurrection... Raised to never die again... In his great mercy… He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection.

 

Wonderful in the fact that His resurrection enables our… Like Him we shall be!

Jesus is wonderful because all blessings come through Him…

Jesus is wonderful because in Him... We have forgiveness... Salvation... The hope of Heaven…

 

Titus 3.7 says... Having been justified by his grace… We become heirs... Having the hope of eternal life.

 

In the Old Testament Hebrew... Wonderful is a word used only in reference to God...

It’s used twenty-one times to speak of the work of God... Most often of the work done on our behalf.

 

So... Is Jesus Wonderful to us?... Indeed He is... In Him we have redemption... Even the forgiveness of our sin in accordance with the riches of His grace... What a blessing!

 

Jesus is our counselor.

The Hebrew speaks of a... Guide... Teacher... Counselor... Intercessor.

 

It was Jeremiah who said… It is not within man who walks to direct his own steps.

We need a PARACLETE... One WHO will walk beside us.

 

David declared in Psalm 16.7… I will bless the Lord… Who has given me counsel… Leading us in paths of righteousness.

 

In Psalm 23... David gives us a glimpse of what life is like when The Lord is our... shepherd... Guide... Teacher... Counselor... Etc.

 

Isaiah 28.29 speaks of God as being wonderful in His counsel and excellent in His guidance.

 

To His disciples… Jesus promised… I will not leave you orphans... I will pray to the Father and He will give you Another counselor… The Holy Spirit… Who will lead you in all truth.

 

Another here means one exactly like...

 

Here it is church...

• Jesus is our counselor...

• He came to show us how to live…

• His counseling advice is tried and true...

And when He ascended into Heaven... He promised the Holy Spirit to become our...

Guide...

• Teacher...

• Counselor...

• Intercessor...

• Our PARACLETE...

• the One living in us...

• Walking with us...

• Leading in the paths of righteousness...

And His Counsel will be exactly like that of Jesus... What a blessing.

 

Isaiah declares Jesus to be Mighty God.

Jesus was not just God… But the omnipotent creator sustainor God in the flesh.

 

The Lord Himself will give you a sign… The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son… And he will be what?... And will call him Immanuel.

 

Matthew 1.23 tells us what Immanuel means... The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son… And they will call him Immanuel…Which means… God with us.

 

From John 1... In the beginning was the Word... And the Word was with God... And was God... And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.

 

Thomas… Upon seeing Jesus in post resurrection declared.... My Lord and my God.

 

Listen to Titus 2.13… While we wait for the blessed hope… The glorious appearing of our great God… Our mighty god… Our savior God… Jesus Christ.

 

Paul gives us this description of Jesus in Colossians 1.15-16... He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

 

Who could successfully deny that Jesus was the  almighty God in the flesh?

 

Incarnation is our omnipotent creator God becoming our savior and Lord... What a blessing!

 

Jesus is everlasting Father.

Some have pointed out… And rightly so… This could read… Father of eternity.  In fact... It’s interesting to note that the Septuagint translates the term... Father of the world to come.

 

Jesus is who has made... eternity… The world to come… Heaven…Possible.

 

Father in the context of Isaiah’s time and culture included a whole bundle of attributes... A father was... A protector... Provider... The one whose name the children bear.

 

Repeatedly... Jesus indicated His fatherly status...

 

John 10.30... I and the Father are one.

 

John 14.9... Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

 

Hebrews 1.3 emphatically states... The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.

 

It was Jesus who said… If our earthly fathers know how to care for us… How to give good gifts... How much more does our Father in heaven know what we need?

• Now that our Creator God in heaven has come to earth…

• Lived as we live…

• Has been tempted and tried in every point as we…

He understands our needs… All of them!!... What a blessing.

 

Then lastly… Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

The New Testament companion verse is found in Luke 2.14… The angels sang… Glory to God in the highest... And on earth peace among men in whom He is well pleased.

 

Perhaps we should note that this promise of peace is not for the world… But only for those with whom God is pleased.

 

Gotta ask this morning... Is god pleased with you?...With Randall?

 

Listen to the words of Jesus... As he prepares to leave this world... Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

As our Prince of Peace… Jesus makes possible... PEACE... SHALOM... In three areas...


Our peace with God…

 

Romans 5.1 reads... Therefore, since we have been justified through faith... we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Colossians 1.20 says... Through JESUS... God reconciled to Himself all things… Things on earth… Things in heaven… By making peace through his blood.


Peace with others...

 

Ephesians 2.12-15 & Galatians 3.28 tell us... Remember that at one time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility... His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace... There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female... for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Jesus came Bringing Peace within.


We have peace knowing that Jesus has made forgiveness of our sin guilt possible.

• Through Faith in Him...

• Confession of His Name...

• Repentance... A Change in theWay We Live...

• And being born again in New Testament Baptism.

 

It was Peter who said... Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

Paul admonishes... We are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus... For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 

And we have the promise of continual forgiveness as we acknowledge our sins and as we walk in the light of His truth... If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness... If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son… Cleanses us… Purifies us… From all sin.

 

Paul says that... this peace... God’s Shalom... Is a feeling that is a blessing beyond our understanding.

 

Who can deny… That like Judah of old... Because our world is filled with... Gloom… Doom… And distress…We DESPERATELY need the calming peace of Jesus… God’s peace... Shalom... Amen?

 

So… The question becomes... Can you hear Jesus’ invitation this morning?... Can you hear Him saying… Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light...

• Come Celebrate Jesus...

• Enjoy Jesus...

• Partake of His blessing

As we sing this song together.