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Lessons & Carols: Lesson 1

Andy Ott (Director of Communications & Technology)

Lesson 1: Isaiah 9:2; 6-7a

The people who walk in darkness

    will see a great light.

For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

    a light will shine.

For a child is born to us,

    a son is given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders.

    And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His government and its peace

    will never end.

He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David

    for all eternity.

Traditionally preceding or following this lesson, ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ is sung. 

After the Fall of Man in Genesis 3, the rest of the biblical narrative unfolds as a divine rescue mission to restore all that is broken and buy back all that is lost. The promise to Abraham in Genesis 22 that from his seed the nations would be blessed becomes the foundation for God’s plan to redeem his people. We spent last week exploring some of the prophecies that promised the coming Messiah. You can read about them here. The book of Isaiah is full of prophecies that point us to Jesus. In chapter 9 we find the verses that give us specifics about the coming King.

While Isaiah’s prophecies are true to Jesus’ birth, they also point us farther forward to Jesus’ return. In verses 6 and 7, Isaiah tells us that Jesus will set up a government. In Revelation 21, John gives us a glimpse into the New Jerusalem. In 21:5, he tells us about Jesus: “And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” and in verse 6 ”I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End.” Jesus reigns over the New Jerusalem. An eternal city that is full of peace which will be inhabited by his children. In 22:16 Jesus ties Revelation to Isaiah (and back to God’s promise to David) when he says: “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star,” (emphasis mine).

When Jesus came at the first Christmas, he was the promised child from Isaiah. When He returns He will consummate His government that “will never end”. We will fully see what Isaiah meant by “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [and] Prince of Peace”. And in all of these promises, we can find rest. The promises of God are never late. They are never early. They are always certain.

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