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A Child is Born (Isaiah 9:2-7)

December 21, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

During this Christmas season, here at East Point Church, we have begun an Advent series entitled “Christ, God with Us”, to which we reflect on historical hymns in light of the Gospel. This week’s sermon invokes great emotion with “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing”. Pastor Duncanson joyfully explains why the angels rejoice at the coming of Jesus Christ. The focus of this sermon is on the reason for rejoicing at the coming of Christ.

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Reason for Rejoicing: Nature of Christ

The people who walked in darkness

      have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

      on them has light shone.

You have multiplied the nation;

      you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you

      as with joy at the harvest,

      as they are glad when they divide the spoil (Isaiah 9:2-3;ESV).

Kings are not born, princes are. However, Jesus came into the world as King not prince, which is why the angels appropriately sing, “Glory to the newborn King!” This is important to understand because the good news is the Creator of the Universe came humbly to earth not to judge or condemn humanity, but to serve humanity (Matthew 10:45). Instead of giving up on sinful humanity, He gave His Eternal Son, Jesus Christ to redeem His people from the wrath to come (John 3:15-21).

Reason for Rejoicing: Need of Christ

For the yoke of his burden,

     and the staff for his shoulder,

      the rod of his oppressor,

      you have broken as on the day of Midian.

For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult

      and every garment rolled in blood

      will be burned as fuel for the fire.

For to us a child is born,

      to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

      and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace

      there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

      to establish it and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

      from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this (Isaiah 9:4-7; ESV).”

This Jesus, “Christ born in Bethlehem”, our Emmanuel was, is and will forever be the King we all need. We were created to love authority, but because of sin, we do not want to submit to kingly rule (cf. Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21). The angels rejoice knowing this King was coming to make things right, for He was not like any other king who came before Him, so He had to come Himself, to heal, forgive sins, and show that he was no ordinary man; He was God in the flesh. Truly, we need a Savior who can sympathize with us yet remain sinless, providing a righteousness we cannot and forgiveness that we do not deserve (Hebrews 2:17-18)!

Where is your hope?

The hope of all humanity came to earth, both fully God and fully man, to rescue His people. Think about that for a moment, Christ laid in a manager as an infant, washed the feet of men who would betray and abandon Him, and gave His life (and picked it up again), in order to save sinners (Luke 2; John 13; Philippians 2:5-11). Believe in Him and you shall have everlasting life!

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