Summary: Christmas message

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This week in Columbus Ohio five individuals died in a tragic and senseless manner. I must tell you as I watched the daylong coverage on Fox News and even CNN I found it hard to take seriously the death of someone name after a bag of pot. Dimebag Darrel? His real name was Darrell Abbott; he first called himself "Diamond," but "Dimebag" stuck because it was the amount of weed he could afford when he first got serious with his guitar. It has truly been amazing to watch.

Names are significant:

I read this week about a young college student who signed up for an easy class taught by an old professor who always gave everyone good grades. He got to the class only to learn that ornithology meant the study of birds and that the old professor has retired and the new one had just gotten his Ph.D. The new professor was out to prove that he was worthy to be a professor and the class turned into quite a challenge. The final exam turned out to be the last straw. When he looked at the paper there were twenty-five pair of bird legs from the knees down. He stood up and announced to everyone, “That’s it. I quit. I can’t take it anymore” As he turned to leave the professor tried to stop him by asking, “Son, what is your name?” The young man looked at the class and at the professor, bent over and pulled his pant legs up over his knees and walked out.

Dale Carnigie said that the sweetest sound to a person is the sound of their own name.

All of us want our name to be important and to mean something. All of us want to be more than just a face or “legs” in the crowd.

Some seven hundred years before Christ was born, the prophet Isaiah attempted to tell us what Jesus would be like. He wanted to give us a picture.

In the Bible, names were so important.

Adam: means out of the dust. Abraham: means father of the generations. Millions of people have traced their heritage back to Abraham. When Abraham and Sarah were old they found out they were going to have a son and they laughed. That’s a pretty good response for finding out your going to have a baby in your nineties. They called that baby Isaac because it means laughter and it would remind them of this time in their lives.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah is talking about his uniqueness when he describes Him as born but also given. What does he mean?

As a man, Jesus was born: Humanity He was born of a woman conceived by the Holy Spirit.

As God, Jesus was given: Divinity The Bible says that God loved us so much He gave His only begotten Son.

Christ was born but He was also a gift.

It is the great mystery of the incarnation. God came to earth in form of a baby, in the flesh.

Isaiah laid it all out for us. He will be born and He will be given. When he wrote that these different names he wrote about our lives.

His name is Wonderful – This takes care of the Dullness of life.

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