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[This sermon is contributed by Hal Seed of New Song Church in Oceanside, California and of www.PastorMentor.com. Hal is the author of numerous books including The God Questions and The Bible Questions. If you are interested in The Bible Questions Church-wide Campaign, please visit and watch Halís video at www.PastorMentor.com.]


Good morning everybody!

[Turn to Isaiah 9, p. 683]. If youíre sitting in front of a rack that has Bibles in it, look round your row and if anyone in it doesnít have a Bible, please pass them one.

If you have been with us these past 2 weeks, you know that God couldnít wait to tell people about the coming of Christmas. So 700 years beforehand, 2700 years ago now, God foretold the Christmas story by choosing a prophet named Isaiah to tell the world about a an amazing baby who would be born the prince of peace. (If you havenít been with us these past 2 weeks, I hope youíll pick up the tapes on your way out this morning.) Either way, the learning continues this morning with the words of Isaiahís prophecy. Ė Words that George Frederic Handel made even more famous by immortalizing them in his famous Hallelujah chorus.

As weíve done for the past 2 weeks, since everyone always stands for the Hallelujah Chorus, weíre all going to stand for the reading of these verses.

Iíll start with Isaiah 9:1.

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan Ė Isaiah 9:1

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy;
They rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. Ė Isaiah 9:2-3

For as in the day of Midianís defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them,
The bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warriorís boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. Ė Isaiah 9:4-5

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
And the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace. Ė Isaiah 9:6

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on Davidís throne and over his kingdom,
Establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
From that time on and forever. Ė Isaiah 9:7

Letís pray.

Have a seat. And keep this passage open on your laps.

Primarily, what I want to do in this message is continue the progression weíve been making through the 4 names that God says His Son will be known by. Two weeks ago weíve covered why He is called a Wonderful Counselor. Last week we covered why He is called