Summary: 1. Celebrate God’s generosity. 2. Celebrate God’s glory. 3. Celebrate God’s tranquility. 4. Celebrate God’s eternity. 5. Celebrate God’s humility.

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Celebrate Christmas!

Isaiah 9:6-7

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - Nov. 27, 2011

*What is the first Christmas you can remember? -- How far back can you go?

-I remember the year I got the Roy Rogers guns, hat and vest, plus Roy Rogers footie pajamas. I also got a stick-horse like Roy’s horse, “Trigger”. And tied to a string, Roy’s dog, “Bullet,” followed behind on wheels.

-I was about 5 years old at the time, but I remember.

*It doesn’t take a lot to make a 5-year-old happy at Christmas. -- But what about when you’re 25 or 55 or 85? -- And what if you’ve had a tough year?

*Can we still celebrate the joys of Christmas?

-The answer is yes! -- And this wonderful prophecy shows us how.

1. First, this Christmas: celebrate God’s generosity.

*God is generous beyond measure. James 1:17 tells us that “every good and perfect gift is from above.”

-But of all the gifts God has ever given us, the greatest of all is His Son!

-“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

*And here in Isaiah 9:6, we can celebrate that “unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.”

[1] But who are the “us” in that verse? -- Well, for one thing, we are typical people.

*Jesus Christ the Son of God is given to typical, ordinary, everyday people.

-Two thousand years ago, it was a typical, young carpenter, forced by the government to take his very pregnant bride on a trip to Bethlehem. Then there was no room in the inn. And then the baby came, born in a manger.

-So unto young men facing the challenges of life “a Child is born, a Son is given.

*But also think about His mother. She was a typical teenage girl in many ways. Yes, Mary was full of faith and obedient to God’s will. But at the same time, she was overwhelmed by the work of God in her life. Mary didn’t begin to understand it all.

-So unto young women facing an uncertain future “a Child is born, a Son is given.

*Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is given to typical people like you and me.

[2] But He is also given to troubled people.

*The words of this prophecy were first written to a troubled people over 700 years before Jesus was born. Isaiah 7:2 helps us see the trouble, because there: “. . . it was told to the house of David, saying, ‘Syria’s forces are deployed in Ephraim.’ So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.”

*In other words, people of Israel were shaking like a leaf!

-They were troubled. They were in trouble, because enemy armies were marching against them. And in this case, it was their own fault, because they had been rebelling against God.

*But troubled people can say, “Unto us a Child is born. Unto us a Son is given!”

-Jesus Christ the Son of God is given to troubled people.

-To the sick, weak, lonely, sinful, downhearted and lost He is given.

*Jesus is given to me, to you, and to all who will believe.

-So this Christmas celebrate God’s generosity.

2. And celebrate God’s glory.

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