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Remembering The Birth

Posted on December 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

REMEMBERING THE BIRTH

Isaiah 9:1-7

A. Introduction:

1. Welcome

Good morning brother and sisters, I am so blessed this morning to see you all, and for you have chosen to join us in this historical milestone in the history of Christ Cornerstone Koinonia. I would like to personal welcome you all. As you know, there will be a part II of our celebration today, and Part II includes our lunch fellowship.

Today, I will be preaching about the church theme “REMEMBERING THE BIRTH” in honoring Christmas and the first anniversary of this church. Two points we will have to look into using prophet Isaiah’s prophesy, chapter 9, verses 1:7. Point A: this church was born by the grace of God. Point B: we are remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ to remind us of our true identity in Christ, this identity is revealed to us when God became a man, and He identified Himself to us. And the question is how do we identify ourselves to Him?

2. P R A Y E R

Please join me in a prayer: Father God, thank you for this privilege to stand before your people, cover me Lord with your precious blood, and take control of me. I pray LORD that you glorify your Son in our midst, glory your Son in our preaching. Allow me Lord to speak boldly under the guiding and teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen

3. TEXT: Isaiah 9: 1-7

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.

2 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.

3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel,

and its people will rejoice.

They will rejoice before you

as people rejoice at the harvest

and like warriors dividing the plunder.

4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery

and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.

You will break the oppressor’s rod,

just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.

5 The boots of the warrior

and the uniforms bloodstained by war

will all be burned.

They will be fuel for the fire.

6For 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.

7 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.

The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

will make this happen!

4. Historical Background

Back in the days of Isaiah, the children of Israel, were under oppression and under dominion by their neighboring empires, the empire of Assyrians, and later was their 70 years of captivity under the empire of Babylon. In the Old Testament, there are over 300 prophesies from different prophets, The prophets wrote about the coming of the Messiah, some wrote about the place the Messiah will be born, the signs of His coming, how He will be born of a virgin, and one of the prophets who prophesy about the coming and the birth of the Messiah was Isaiah. Isaiah not only prophesy about the birth of the Messiah but also He wrote about the invasion and the dark days for the children Israel in the chapter, chapter 7 & 8, so in chapter 9, He begins His writing with the word “Nevertheless”. That the time of darkness and despair for the children of Israel will NOT go on forever. Prophet Isaiah wrote what he received from God. And interestingly, he mentioned only two of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel. These are the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali. These two tribes are considered and labelled as most insignificant tribes in the eyes of the children of Israel of the south. The promise prophet Isaiah received from God was that these two most insignificant tribes will be filled with God’s glory in the future. And that these tribes will see a great light and that the Light will shine in their land. Obviously, the light that Isaiah was mentioning here was the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world.

So, let’s take a look at the next slide to explain why these two tribes were considered most insignificant tribes by the children of Israel of the south, we will also look at the history of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel and we will see how the prophesy of Isaiah was fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ in the new testament.

About 930 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, and after the death of King Solomon, His son King Rehoboam became the new king of Israel. That time of history, 10 out of 12 tribes of Israel revolt against the king. They established their own kingdom, they have their own king. Therefore, the kingdom of Israel was divided into two; the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom, because of dis-unity among the children of Israel, 10 tribes settled outside Jerusalem, Jerusalem is located in the southern kingdom also known as Judah, and it was in the south where the King Rehoboam resides. Ten tribes in the north and 2 tribes in the south. And 2 of the 10 tribes that resides in the North, are the Zebulun and Naphtali, let’s take a look at the map during the time of Isaiah.

Because of dis-unity and political unrest among the children of Israel, the northern kingdom was taken captive by the Assyrian. And while the northern portion is under captivity. God sent Prophet Isaiah in the southern portion in the land of Judah to prophesy, While the whole northern kingdom is in darkness and in Isaiah’s warning to southern portion was, if they will continue to turn their back on God – they too will be captured by the Assyria.

Again, let’s see how the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali were considered and labelled as most insignificant. Because of their geographical location, they are most exposed to the Assyrian’s invasion, and the Assyrian allowed access to the pagan nation to extensively intermingle with the children of Israel in these tribes, and because these two tribes are the center of trade and commerce, pagan nations from the neighboring had access to intermingle with them. With that being said, the people in Jerusalem considered them unclean, insignificant, and because of the distance from Jerusalem, they are far Jerusalem, they are far from the influence of religion, and with that they were considered ignorant of the law. Also, because of their intermingle with the pagans, they started to worship idols, they fall into idolatry, and superstitions, they were considered walking in the dark because of their sin, Jerusalem considered them as dark region because, to them, all the people in this region are sinners. And they were called people who live in the land of deep darkness.

great light was connected to the birth of Jesus Christ----this light is in opposition to moral darkness, against wickedness, (here is the point) this light is in oppose to the time of judgment or time of darkness, which they are experiencing at that time, so to the nation of Israel under darkness, is a time of rejoicing and a time worth waiting for, the coming of the light, the coming of the messiah, the Savior.

Now, let’s jump into the New Testament account to see the fulfillment of this prophecy. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in the city of Jerusalem, and is located in the tribes of Judah. After His birth in Bethlehem, Joseph, Mary and Jesus moved to Egypt to escape the plan of king Herod. Then, when king Herod died, they return to Israel but they did not go back to Jerusalem, instead, they lived in Nazareth, in the region of Galilee. Now, guess the tribes who live in that region?? The Zebulun and Naphtali, the most insignificant tribes of the children of Israel. (Isaiah 9:2) is fulfilled.

2 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.

5. Point A: “It is by grace”

Matthew 2:21-23 (NLT)

21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. 22 But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. 23 So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Then, Jesus begins His ministry in the land of deep darkness, the land of insignificant people in the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali.

Matthew 4:13 (NLT) 13 He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah:

Jesus started His ministry as The Light in the land of deep darkness, and made Capernaum His ministry headquarter. And majority of His 12 disciples were from the region of Galilee, “A Light will shine” according to Isaiah. And to fulfill that, Jesus performed His first miracle in Galilee. In fact, in Galilee is where poor and uneducated people lived. Mark explained Jesus’ ministry in the following verse:

Mark 2:17 (NLT) 17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

Acts 4:13 (NLT) 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

John 1:46 (NLT) 46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth? “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

And this is how people look the Galileans. And from here, we can tell that Jesus loves to use insignificant people, ordinary people – so He can make them extra-ordinary, so these ordinary people or insignificant people will recognize the grace of God. For it is by grace that we can bring glory to His name. Christ Cornerstone Koinonia becomes a church when He becomes the cornerstone in all we do. I remember, when I was asked one time, if this group will pursue in becoming a church. And my response was “Kung Kaluuban ng Diyos, magiging madali para sa atin ang pagiging isan church, I said “If it’s God’s will He will make it easy for us to become a church. And Now, Here is our testimony. October when we were recognized by the government as non-profit organization, as a church, And you are probably wondering why are 2 months after our recognition- we are now celebrating one year. Again, to make this clear for everyone, this group existed since last of the same month, as a group of prayer warrior, and Christ Cornerstone Koinonia was born through prayers and by God’s grace. Amen.

1 Corinthians 3:10 “Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful.”

Verses 3-4: Isaiah announces the deliverance- God will do for Israel through His Son, comparing what God had already done on the past and that God will continue to stretch out His arm to His people, and when this will happened?? It will happen when the Son is given. Again, this prophecy happened more than 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. That this deliverance is a signal and a proof of the presence of the power of God…as is was in the past.

Verse 5: Isaiah here, explained that their deliverance and redemption from their oppressor is NOT through the armor and uniform of their armies or warriors, that all these armor used in war shall be burned, as being no further use for their deliverance… which now, leads Isaiah’s introduce the birth of a child in verse 6…..for unto us a child is born…. In other words, Isaiah was saying our real oppressor here is our sin that keeps us away from God. So, God is making a way to reach us…….for unto us a Son is given….and our real enemy will be defeated by The Son…for unto us a Son is given. -------God voluntarily gave His Son and man had no claim on His coming, I just wanted to make this clear for everyone, so you could clearly understand the grace of God.

---“The government will rest on His shoulder”----- Jesus as the king of all kings,

Isaiah 22:22 (NLT) 22 I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.

--------This prophecy, this promise leads to the prophet Isaiah to describe the Name, the character, and the supremacy of the Savior in verse 7 with great joy, the same joy we all should experience in remembering the birth of Jesus Christ.------

Wonderful Counselor: ----miraculous-----Messiah was wonderful in all things-----It was wonderful in which He came to earth, wonderful was the manner of His birth, wonderful was His humility, wonderful was His self-denial, It was wonderful how He left His glory in heaven and came as a man, His works are wonderful, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His ascension are wonderful. -----Counselor denotes He is full of wisdom----as a wonderful counselor, He has the qualification to give guidance and directions, as a wonderful counselor, He is always available to listen to you and me.------Jesus is the God of wonderful counsel.

The Mighty God: -------attributed to the true God-----this name reminds all people of the strength of God.-------denotes His divine nature------

Everlasting Father: everlasting denotes “eternity” and use to express forever------

Prince of Peace: denotes that His peace shall be multiplied upon us.

(verse 7) His government as a Prince------His reign as a Prince of Pease is extending and His promoting peace is unlimited. -----to sit upon the throne of David is not to take it literally, -----but for us to look at the similarity, David reigned as the king of the people of God, but for only certain period of time. For Jesus, being mentioned as the king upon the throne of David, He will reign for the people of God as well, but for eternity as the King of all Kings.-------the intense desire in accomplishing the Lord’s reign to all His people------And for Him to accomplish this----he will use His people-------then all Christians should be encouraged in their effort to spread the Gospel. -----and knowing that this is the purpose of Jesus as Prince of Peace, to a peace mankind to the Father, then this should be our encouragement and sufficient encouragement to continue with our calling to do the great and glorious work of spreading the Gospel.

-------- the prophet Isaiah then pronounced in the remaining verses of chapter 9, verses 8-21, the destruction of Israel under the hands of the Syria and Philistines, because of their wicked ways, for turning their back on God, the effects in cutting off their sources of strength, all will result into their ruin.

B. “Remembering The Birth”:

a. Identity (Verse 6)

6For a child is born to us,

a son is given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us”. Prophet Isaiah is introducing Jesus to the children of Israel. Every Christmas season, we always hear preachers using these verses. The point this morning is to connect these verses on our theme “REMEMBERING THE BIRTH”. Every Christmas season, we are reminded of the coming of a Savior. We are always reminded of God becoming a man. And it is so important for us to be reminded over and over again, Jesus is God who became a 100% man and still 100% God. Question is why God-Man, answers; He came to die for our sin, He came as ransom for many, He came to redeemed us, and He also came to remind us of our true identity.

2 Corinthians 5:21

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

b. He listens (Wonderful Counselor)

c. Jesus is Divine (Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace)

C. Conclusion/Application:

a. Salvation ILLUS: “Birds and a man”

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