- Published: Wednesday, 05 December 2012 08:28
Dear Church Family,
In the sermon this past Sunday morning, we looked at the prophet Isaiah’s call from Isaiah, chapter 6. There, we see Isaiah’s call, his cleansing, and his commission. And, we took note that Isaiah’s message which the Lord commissioned him to bring to the people of Israel was a gloomy one: through his preaching, Isaiah was to render the hearts of the people insensitive until God had completed the judgment that He would bring upon them (Isaiah 6:9-12).
At the same time, God held out hope: a remnant who will continue to trust in the Lord will remain, and a holy seed would rise from the stump of Jesse (Isaiah 6:13; 11:1). Jesus’ earthly ministry and proclamation of the gospel had a similar result as Isaiah’s (Matthew 13:10-17). More importantly, though, Jesus was also the fulfillment of Isaiah’s ministry and prophecy (Matthew 13:14, 34-35).
This coming Sunday, we will turn our attention from the gloomy message of Isaiah and begin to examine the glorious good news of the coming of the kingdom of God in the Person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. And, we will do so by examining four aspects of this good news from Isaiah 9:1-7:
(Dec. 9) A Glorious People (Isaiah 9:1-3)
(Dec. 16) A Glorious Battle (Isaiah 9:4-5)
(Dec. 23) A Glorious Child (Isaiah 9:6)
(Dec. 30) A Glorious Kingdom (Isaiah 9:7)
This coming Sunday (December 9th) we will see three promises concerning the glorious people of God.
First, we hear through Isaiah how God’s people will expand to include the gentiles (Isaiah 9:1). In Christ, the people of God, the Church, is no longer confined to one nation, as before under the law (Romans 15:9-12).
Second, we hear through Isaiah how God’s light will shine upon this one people who belong to Him and they will no longer walk in darkness (Isaiah 9:2). In Christ, those who follow Him have the Light of life (John 8:12), and this people becomes the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
Third, we hear through Isaiah how God will multiply His people and increase their joy (Isaiah 9:3). In Christ, the corner stone, God builds His church (Ephesians 2:19-22), and He promises to turn our grief into joy (John 16:20).
The glorious people whom Isaiah was prophesying about in Isaiah 9:1-3 is the Church of Jesus Christ. Because the kingdom of God has come in Jesus Christ, we have received these great and glorious promises! That is what we celebrate at Christmas: the good news as prophesied through Isaiah – through His only begotten Son, God is calling to Himself a glorious people. And, all those who repent of their sins and trust in Christ are blessed and privileged to be made a part of this glorious people and heirs of the promises of God!
The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch