Preparing our hearts to celebrate Christ's coming should be a priority, but it is often neglected. Alistair Begg explains that Advent provides an opportunity for us to consider how Jesus fulfilled not just specific predictions, but all of the Old Testament during His earthly ministry. When we consider the coming of the Lord Jesus in this context, we discover that all of the Bible is history - and HIS story.
1 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.1
22 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.
3You 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.
4For 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.
5For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon3 his shoulder,
and his name shall be called4
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7Of 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.
Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace. These words from the prophecy of Isaiah are familiar to many, but have you taken the time to consider who it is that they describe? In this series of messages from Isaiah 9, Alistair Begg takes us on a journey to the heart of the Christmas narrative. It is not sentimental, irrelevant, or superficial. The incarnation of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s plans and purposes in redemption. The season of Advent provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the Lord Jesus as all that Isaiah anticipated. He is the light that overcomes darkness, sinless substitute, risen Savior, and reigning King.
|It is HIStory!||Isaiah 9:1-7|
|Light in the Darkness||Isaiah 9:2-5|
|A Child is Born||Isaiah 9:6|
|Name Above All Names||Isaiah 9:6|
|He Shall Reign Forever||Isaiah 9:7|