December 8 - Jesus Comes as the King (Isaiah 9:1-7)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below
This Sunday we will continue teaching "Praying with Paul." This class will begin Sunday at 10:00am in the Multi-Purpose room.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Dear Refuge of Weary Soul
All to Us
All Glory Be to Christ
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Brahui in Pakistan.
But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
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.
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.
The promise of Christmas was made in the context of darkness. In a time of great despair and uncertain, God made a promise to give a Son and this Son who bear a government upon his shoulder. This Son will be great in every way, even in his willingness to establish his kingdom through his own suffering and death. Who could have imagined such hope wrapped in such adversity? Consider the extraordinary nature of God sending his Son rule, but only by first serving. Consider the names and purpose of this Son as you prepare your heart for worship.
Review and Apply
When troubles come to you, where do you reflexively turn for hope and help? Give an example.
What reversal is God promising his people in the first five verses?
How do you understand the promise 'to us a child is born, to us a son is given'? How does this explain the nature of Jesus as Messiah?
How has the four-fold name of this child increase your willingness to turn to him in times of adversity and trial?
How does Jesus explain and establish his kingdom? See Matt 4:14-17; Mark 1:14-15.
What are the marks of this new kingdom? How are they evidenced in your life?
What are some of the paradoxes we live with until this kingdom is consummated? How can other Christian brothers and sisters help?
How will you approach Christmas differently because of this promise of a son given made and kept?