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Born a King


Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

The Story: God promised David, “Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:16), yet Isaiah foresaw the end of the kings of Judah. Was God’s promise null and void? Had He rejected David’s line as He rejected Saul’s? No, He had something far greater in mind. There would be a child born whose name, that is, whose greatness would far exceed David’s. He will be Wonderful Counselor, whose reign and wisdom will cause the world to stand in awe. Mighty God designated this king as a warrior who defends His people and leads them to victory. A good father cares for, protects, and provides for his children, and this King will be Everlasting Father whose care, protection, and provision can be relied on eternally. Finally, as Prince of Peace, He will extend His own inner peace to each individual and to the whole world through His rule, His justice, and His righteousness. God, who is zealous for the good of those He loves, will do it.

The Structure: One Christmas morning during the sermon, the pastor left the pulpit, walked over to the crèche, and addressed the baby Jesus. “Jesus,” he said, “you don’t look like a king to me.” And, let’s be honest, the child in the manger doesn’t and never did look like a king. He looks too weak, too constricted, too earthly to be the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, whose reign would grow without end as promised in this text. Yet the eyes of faith see through His poverty, His weakness, and His apparently low birth to His divine life and eternal glory. And it is precisely this glorious contradiction we celebrate Sunday as we recall the incarnation of the almighty God in the helpless baby resting in the arms of Mary. Venit adoramus, Christians have sung for millennia. “Come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas from all of us at the Colson Center.

How can you prepare for adoring the newborn King in worship this weekend?

 

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