The Pronouncement of the Savior
December 10, 2017
Main Theme: The humble Christ child has come as the redeeming King who will set all things right.
I.The Good News of the Coming King
- This king will bring an end to all wars, “For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire (v.5).”
- This King isn’t coming with military might. The power of His might is establishing a different kind of kingdom.
- “For to us a child is born, a son is given (v.6)” – v.6
- You may want a roaring king, but you’re receiving a child,
- “…God was powerful enough to destroy His enemies in an instant, yet again and again, when [Isaiah] comes to the heart of the means of deliverance, a childlike face peers out at us. God is strong enough to overcome His enemies by becoming vulnerable, transparent, and humble.” — John D. Watts
- This message of Isaiah, this proclamation of hope, carried with it great news! God would send a coming King who would carry the government and rule with justice and righteousness, such that all the nations of the earth would be blessed. He would put an end to war.
- We needed a God-Man. God entered the human story and has become our Redeemer, Savior and King.
II. The Description of the King
- Wonderful Counselor
- The first name associated here with the coming Christ is literally “wonder of a Counselor.”
- Jesus is a counselor whose wisdom is beyond human capabilities.
- He is wonderful in all His ways and perfect in all His works.
- Mighty God
- His might has no limits. He can do and accomplish everything
- He is eternal, infinite and unchangeable in His power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice and truth. Nothing happens except through Him and by His will (See New City Catechism Q.2)
- This King will be so mighty that He can absorb all of the evil which can be leveraged against Him, and beat that evil through the power of His might.
- This King is the Mighty God!
- Everlasting Father
- Isaiah is not referencing the Son of God’s role in the Trinity – he’s emphasizing the Son of God’s character. He treats us like a father treats his children.
- Under the care, protection and provision of the Son of God, we are secure and satisfied for all eternity.
- Jesus said to Philip, one of His disciples…
- “Have I been with you so long and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me (John 14:9-10a)? If we want to know what the Father is like, we only need to look at Christ.
- Jesus acted and moved at the will of the Father, so when we see Jesus, we see the characteristics of the Father.
- The Son is not the Father and the Father is not the Son.
- Prince of Peace
- He is the ruler whose reign will bring about peace for His people.
- The nature of His rule as prince will be to make a way for peace with God, through the cross.
III. Application – Why is this significant?
This birth announcement reminds us:
- God loves us.
- We have a Savior who gave His life for us.
- Jesus identifies with us.
- For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).”
- If you know Jesus, you follow and unconquerable King.
- Wonderful Counselor – who wouldn’t want to follow Him – never leads us astray. He always leads us to true joy.
- Mighty God – He can do anything.
- Everlasting Father – His care and provision never ends.
- Prince of Peace – He leads us beside still waters.
- His kingdom is advancing, He is accomplishing His purposes, even right now!
- God will absolutely accomplish His purposes and His Promises — “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this (v.7)”
- God’s kingdom, and God’s purposes, are unshakable. All of His plans for our good, and His glory (which are intertwined) will absolutely come to pass — therefore we can trust Him!
Questions for Discussion / Application:
- Re-read the notes under point #1, “The Good News of a Coming King.” What do you find most encouraging about the truth that Jesus is our King.
- What does it mean that Jesus is a “Wonderful Counselor” ?
- In describing what it means that Jesus is a “Wonderful Counselor” Jeremy said – “Jesus is a counselor whose wisdom is beyond human capabilities.” How does the truth that God is our sovereign King who is infinite in wisdom impact the way that we think about both the blessings and trials that come our way?
- In what particular situations in your own life do you most need to keep in mind God’s sovereignty and His wisdom?
- As our King, God will absolutely accomplish His purposes and His promises (v.7). For believers, what are the implications for how we think about the future?
- “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 (Isaiah 9:7).” How does this promise give you hope today?