Summary: Consider the meaning of the phrase, "Mighty God," taken from Isaiah 9:6.
What do you believe about Jesus Christ? Your ideas might be captured in the following letter written by a third grader.
One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way, He doesn’t have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.
God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times besides bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because He hears everything there must be a terrible lot of noise in His ears, unless He has thought of a way to turn it off. God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting His time by going over your mom and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.
Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God. They finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified Him. But He was good and kind like His Father and He told His Father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said OK.
His Dad (God) appreciated everything that He had done and all His hard work on earth so He told Him He didn’t have to go out on the road anymore, He could stay in heaven. So He did. And now He helps His Dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones He can take care of Himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary only more important. You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to hear you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.
Your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared in the dark or when you can’t swim very good and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids. But you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases. And that’s why I believe in God." (A THIRD GRADERS EXPLANATION OF GOD
Written by Danny Dutton, age 8, from Chula Vista, California, for his third grade homework assignment to "Explain God.")
(Contributed to Sermon Central by Brian Mavis)
What do you believe about God? The message of Christmas is God’s way of clarifying the truth about Himself. Jesus Christ gave a clearer understanding of God. Last week we began a four week series. We are looking at one verse of scripture, Isaiah 9:6. In this verse Jesus is identified by four titles. These titles help us more fully understand the person of Jesus Christ. However, they also help us more fully understand God. Last week we looked at the first of those titles, Wonderful Counselor. Today we look at the second, Mighty God.
For 150 years, before Isaiah, the Assyrian Empire had been expanding. Isaiah’s life was spent under the shadow of the threatening Assyrian power. Isaiah witnessed the fall of his nation at the hands of the Assyrians. In spite of the doom and darkness Isaiah was given a vision. He saw hope for the future. In this context Isaiah had visions of Jesus, the coming Savior. Isaiah called Jesus the “Mighty God.” Those people needed to know that God is mighty. They needed to know that God had not moved off and forgot about them. They needed to know that Jesus is sufficient.
If Jesus is the Mighty God what will this do for you? Notice the deeper meanings behind the text.
1. If He is the “mighty God” this truth should affect our concept of Him. The phrase “mighty God” teaches two truths about Jesus that we need to know.
First, Jesus is “mighty.” Bible scholars tell us the phrase “mighty” could be translated “warrior” or “champion.” A champion is supreme, in first place or most powerful. We are familiar with the concept of a champion. We see this played out in athletics. LSU is the SEC champion. Ha! Ha! The champions of any event are applauded and treated with respect.