Summary: Isaiah prophesied of the coming messiah. Nestled in his prophecy are 5 descriptive titles of this great coming one. This sermon is the first of them..."Wonderful"
Series: Isaiah 9:6 - The Birth of the Almighty
December 1, 2013
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TEXT: Isaiah 9:6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Illus. – Before the composer Mozart rose to fame, he was engaged to a young woman. She became disenchanted with him because he was so short. So she gave him up for someone taller and more attractive. When the world began to praise Mozart for his outstanding musical accomplishments, she regretted her decision. “I knew nothing of the greatness of his genius,” she said. “I only saw him as A LITTLE MAN.”
The Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day saw Jesus as only a “little man.” They didn’t recognize Him as the Messiah—and certainly not the “Mighty God.” However, hundreds of years before Jesus ever came to earth as a babe, the Old Testament prophet Isaiah saw Jesus for all He was and would be.
Isaiah was living in a dark time. For some 3,000 years the world had been getting worse. Kingdoms had arisen and fallen. Sin abounded everywhere, and God’s people had experienced great oppression. But far in the future, God allowed Isaiah a glimpse of hope of the coming Messiah.
Look back at verse 2: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”
What was this light Isaiah saw? It was JESUS, whom the Apostle John would later call “the light of the world.” This revelation of the Messiah was like being in an awful storm on the ocean and seeing a ray of light in the distance piercing the clouds, portending hope, peace, rest.
Then in verse 6, Isaiah tells us about this great Messiah—whom we know as Jesus Christ. He says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder…”
Through the telescope of prophecy, Isaiah saw 3 things about Jesus:
• He saw a CRIB: “unto us a CHILD is born” – He would be born a human.
• He saw a CROSS: “unto us a son is GIVEN” – Given by whom?—By God. Given for what reason?—To die for sinners on a cross!
• He saw a CROWN: “and the GOVERNMENT shall be upon his shoulder” – This is speaking of Christ’s kingdom that will be set up on this earth after the seven-year tribulation the Bible speaks about.
But Isaiah also saw something else: He saw what kind of person the Messiah would be by certain descriptive titles. Look at them: “…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
My sermon this morning is the first of a series of sermons on these titles that we’ll examine in each of our Sunday morning services from now until Christmas.