Isaiah 9:6-7 – “For Unto Us a Child is Born” Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve 2021

Isaiah 9:1-7 – FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN

Intro Thoughts

  • God’s message of hope for the nation of Israel and mankind
  • The already and the not yet (then and into the future)
  • Finding our joy and hope in Christ this Christmas
  • JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

From Darkness to Light – vv. 1-5

A great lightvv. 1-2

  • The remnant for them in the Old Covenant (darkness of captivity)
  • Jesus will usher in the New Covenant.
  • LIGHT. Goodness, purity, direction

A growing nationv. 3

  • Prosperity. Blessing. Joy

Free from bondage and oppression v. 4

  • OT – Israel
  • NT – bondage of sin

Victoriousv. 5

  • Peace. Lack of Conflict
  • OT – wars
  • NT – Peace with God

The Great Light has Come – vv. 6-7

The spiritual doom of 8:22 is dispelled forever by the light of JESUS CHRIST

His Deityv.6

  • Wonderful counselor – wise teacher
  • Mighty God – all powerful. Complete control.
  • Everlasting Father – Eternal. Personal Care.
  • Prince of Peace – Sins forgiven. No separation or conflict.

His rule and reignNo end…Forever – v. 7

  • Establish and uphold
  • Justice and righteousness

THE ZEAL OF THE LORD WILL DO THIS!

HE DID IT. IT IS DONE

Conclusion

John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (ESV)

IN CHRIST WE HAVE THE FORGIVENESS. IN CHRIST WE HAVE TRUE HOPE. IN CHRIST WE HAVE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

Luke 2:1-21 – “The Birth of Christ” part 1

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec. 19th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube.  You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 2:1-21

Intro:

  • Do we really consider the meaning of Christmas?
  • Have we stopped to consider how life changing the meaning of Christmas is?
  • We celebrate the birth of Christ, but do we really understand the life changing impact of what this birth means?
  • It is so much more that a fun and family filled holiday… the coming of Christ literally changed the world!
  • Has Jesus Christ changed your life?

The Timing – vv. 1-5

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

In those days

Consider all the circumstances

  • Mary and Joseph
  • The Govt
  • Lineage – Bethlehem, King David
  • Inn Keeper

It is a glorious picture of:

  • God’s use of people and events to accomplish His will.
    • Chance and luck do not exist.
  • God’s faithfulness
  • God’s eternal plan and purpose
  • God’s redemption story

From the beginning, God has had a plan.  For all eternity, God has had a plan.  From the beginning, Jesus was at the center of that plan.

  • The Messiah would be the seed/offspring of a woman and would crush the head of Satan (Genesis 3:15).
  • He would come from the seed/offspring of Abraham and would bless all the nations on earth (Genesis 12:3).
  • He would be a “prophet like Moses” to whom God said we must listen (Deuteronomy 18:15).
  • He would be born in Bethlehem of Judah (Micah 5:2).
  • He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
  • He would have a throne, a kingdom and a dynasty, or house, starting with King David, that will last forever (2 Samuel 7:16).
  • He would be called “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” “Prince of Peace,” and would possess an everlasting kingdom (Isaiah 9:6-7).
  • He would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, righteous and having salvation, coming with gentleness (Zechariah 9:9-10).
  • He would be pierced for our transgression and crushed for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5).
  • He would die among the wicked ones but be buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9).
  • He would be resurrected from the grave, for God would not allow His Holy One to suffer decay (Psalm 16:10).
  • He would come again from the clouds of heaven as the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14).
  • He would be the “Sun of Righteousness” for all who revere Him and look for His coming again (Malachi 4:2).
  • He is the One whom Israel will one day recognize as the One they pierced, causing bitter grief (Zechariah 12:10).

The Birth – vv. 6-7

She gave birth to her firstborn son

Luke 1:26-38

  • Favored one – full of grace
  • Lord is with you
  • Call His name Jesus – Lord Salvation
  • Great…Son of the Most High – His deity.
  • Throne of David
  • Reign over the House of Jacob forever
  • Kingdom will be no end.

THINK ABOUT IT:

  • He is faithful
  • We can trust Him and His Word
  • We may not understand (think about Mary and Joseph) how the events of the day will impact all eternity, but we can be sure that God is a God that is working in and through all things for His Glory.
  • HIS WORK = JESUS the Gospel
  • He was born, and lived, died, and rose from the dead.
  • He is GOD WITH US.  HE IS JESUS

He came to seek and to save that which was lost – (Luke 19:10)

He came to give life and give life more abundantly – (John 10:10)

Luke 1:67-79 – “Zechariah’s Prophesy and Praise”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec. 12th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube.  You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 1:67-79

INTRO

  • After the birth of John the Baptist.
  • Zechariah was mute, but now is able to speak
  • His first words were a praise to God for that He has done. v. 67
  • Then he prophesies about the forerunner and the Savior
  • His words point to the greatness of God’s grace and mercy

Empowered by God… He brings forth praise and prophecy

  • Filled with the Holy Spirit – v. 67
    • Empowered by God
    • Authoritative

God has provided THE redeemer – vv. 68-73

God has visited – v. 68a

  • God came to man
  • It was personal to him

God has redeemed His people- v. 68b

  • Delivered them
  • Made Them His own

God has raised up a victor – v. 69-71

  • Knew John and Jesus we the promise of the Messiah
  • horn of salvation. Conquering King
  • Psalm 132:17 – There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. (ESV)

God has been faithful – vv. 72 – 73

  • Promised to our fathers
  • The fulfilment of His promises
  • God did what He said He would do.
  • God’s plan was always His plan.
  • From Gen. 12 till now.

God has established a NEW relationship – vv. 74-75

Delivered from our enemies

  • Restored and renewed (Gen 1)
  • Personal and New

SO THAT… might serve without fear

  • Worship and Service
  • In holiness and righteousness
    • Because of the righteousness of Christ.  (Veil torn)
  • Before Him
    • Worship due to our relationship.
    • For all days

God has ushered in a NEW day – vv. 76-79

  • John the Baptist is ushering in a NEW DAY.  (New Covenant)
  • He is the forerunner of the Messiah
  • Malachi 3:1 – “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. (ESV)
  • Malachi 4:5 – “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (ESV)

This new Day brings with it:

  • THE ALREADY AND NOT YET – FUTURE GLORY IS NOW, YET NOT FULLY
  • Isaiah 60:1-3 – [1] Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. [2] For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. [3] And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (ESV)
  • v. 77 – the knowledge of salvation in the forgiveness of sins.
    • Spirit will come to convict and point to Jesus.
    • Provide true forgiveness.
  • v. 78 – Because of God’s tender mercies.
  • v. 79 – given a new light
    • To give light to those in darkness.
    • The darkness of the Old.  The light of the New.
    • To Guide one’s feet in peace
      • Peace with God
      • Peace with others
    • Provide the hope and direction of a new WAY of life.

Luke 1:67-79 – [67] And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, [68] “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people [69] and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, [70] as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, [71] that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; [72] to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, [73] the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us [74] that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,[75] in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

[76] And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, [77] to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins [78] because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high [79] to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (ESV)