Summary: This is the second sermon in this series. 1. He Knows Where You Are. 2. He Knows What Shape You Are In. 3. He Knows How Much Time You Have Left. 4. He Knows The Efforts You Have Made To Save Yourself. 5. He Knows That You Need Him.
Our Mighty God
Have you ever found yourself at the mercy of someone else? Has your car ever broken down while you are quite a distance from home? Have you ever had a flat tire and gone to get the spare only to find that the spare was flat too or you don’t have one? Have you ever been traveling and loose your way? You get turned around and lost - you had to stop and ask for directions? It’s not a fun feeling, is it?
One year ago, James Kim, his wife Kati, and their two young daughters left San Francisco on Nov. 18 for a combined vacation and work trip. They spent Thanksgiving in Seattle with family and then went to Portland, Oregon to visit with a friend. After the visit in Portland, the family intended to take state Highway 42 over to the coast but missed the turnoff. So they decided to drive the 55 miles down Interstate 5 to Grants Pass. There they turned onto Bear Camp Road, which is lightly traveled even in the summer and often is closed in the winter.
It was stormy and James mistakenly turned off onto a logging road later that evening. They were soon winding up into the mountains and when they reached higher elevations it began to snow. The family became hopelessly lost and finally became stranded in snow. The Kim family ran the engine of their station wagon to power its heater until the gas was gone. They ate what little food they had, and Kati Kim breast-fed her two daughters. After a week of being stranded James decided to venture out on foot to seek help.
James Kim put himself through a desperate ordeal, climbing down a ravine over boulders and logs, though nearly impenetrable brush and in and out of an icy creek, in what one rescue leader called a "superhuman" effort to save his family.
Kati and the girls were spotted two days after James had left to look for help. James’ body was found two days after his family had been rescued.
(This article appeared on page A-1 of the San Francisco Chronicle December 7, 2006)
The Kim family had become lost. They had become absolutely dependent on others for their rescue. Over one hundred rescue works had searched for them. Even a satellite had been turned to the area in hopes of finding James.
We need to remember that it is still easy to get stranded or lost. Not just physically but also spiritually as well. We need someone who can rescue us. We need someone to save us. Last week, we discovered that Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. Today, we’re going to discover that He is our Mighty God. Let us read from our text this morning:
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 (NASV)
The prophecy of the coming Christ was given hundreds of years before his birth. This prophecy of this child’s birth tells us that this child would not be ordinary, but extraordinary. Of course the One that Isaiah is speaking of is Jesus. According to Isaiah He would be called: