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For Unto Us a Child is Born

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

This Christmas Eve we have gathered here to celebrate the birth of our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of peace. We have come to lift up our voices in praise to our loving God that He would send His only begotten Son to come and be with us to lead us into the paths of righteousness. That He would come and deliver us from the bonds and chains of our sinful nature. And to demonstrate a love so perfect that He would lay down His life for each of us that we might have eternal life with our Heavenly Father in His Kingdom. That wonderful Child in the manger at Bethlehem that would be our Prince of Peace. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below: Praise him above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Wonderful Counselor

In the Prophet Isaiah’s book we read that this Child that is given to us shall be called Wonderful Counselor. First I share with you a quote from one of my father’s sermons. “This One by His words of wisdom and prudent counsel would dispel the moral and spiritual darkness which enshrouded the world into which He came. As we study the life and ministry of this One we find that He is worthy of the name Wonderful Counsellor. Men marveled and continue to marvel at not only His works but also His words of wisdom.” The Prophet Isaiah said in chapter 11, “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:2)

The Apostle John testified at the beginning of his Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) In the beginning means that before Him there was nothing. In Genesis we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) If we can wrap our hearts around these first ten words of God’s Word, then all that follows make complete believable sense. In the beginning was God and His Word. That is all and from that came into being all that there is, it is all God’s creation and He is the Creator. That should cause us reverent fear, as King Solomon wrote, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

The Counseling industry today is a multi-billion dollar venture. Just pay for one hour with a counselor and you will understand. The masses of people in our society seek the counsel of Dr. Phil, David Ramsey, and Oprah Winfrey. Go to your Facebook page, Twitter and My Space and you will see many seeking the wisdom of the world. Seldom do they seek the counsel of the truth, the Word of God. They seem quite satisfied finding the answer within the corrupted mind of man. Why I wonder do people place their trust in that which has been tried and failed over and over. If it had not failed, then we would be living in a perfect world. Mankind has ever been in search for a utopian world. The truth of God’s Word was before the beginning and will endure forever. Jesus the Wonderful Counselor came to show us the way to all truth. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)

Seek you then the counsel of the Lord, as His Word was before the beginning and shall endure forever. “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.” (Psalms 33:11)

Mighty God

Isaiah tells us that the child that has been given to us is the Mighty God. We have already read in the Gospel of John that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. Jesus is the second member of the trinity of the Godhead. Jesus is God the Son. We are all aware of the verse in John that reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are equally God. Moses testified of God in the book of Exodus in this way. “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)

Jesus before His disciples, of which we are also as followers of Jesus, states that He and God the Father are one. “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Remember your days past and truly know that the grace of God has sustained you through the many trials and tribulations of your life. We can see the His testimony of our past and know that we can have faith in the power of His Word in the future. Know in your heart that there is one God and there is no other. This is where to place your trust, this is in whom to follow in faith for there is none other but God who is faithful and true. “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me.” (Isaiah 46:9)

God is Holy, He is Righteous, and He is the Sovereign Most High God. We are but men and should give Him reverent fear, praise and glory. For God is love and out of His love He will care for you. Each of have come from the point, and some here may be heading to the point, that there is no place to go but to the Lord. For He is our only refuge. “For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.” (Psalm 61:3)

Everlasting Father

In Isaiah we learn that Jesus, the new born Child of Bethlehem is the Everlasting Father. Jesus who came and was called Immanuel, God with us, came to reveal God the Father to mankind. “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” (John 1:18)

As the Everlasting Father Jesus who was before the beginning and created all things and all things are sustained through Him. “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Jesus is the Rock that His Church has been founded upon. “And upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” (Matthew 16:18) Throughout the centuries Satan and his evil forces have tried to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ but have failed. The Church is the Bride of Christ and someday soon Christ Himself will gather His Church to meet Him in the clouds.

The Apostle Paul clearly states that Jesus is the Rock of the Old Testament when speaking of the Israelites as they wondered in the wilderness. “And all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:4) The child of Bethlehem is the Everlasting Father that we can aspire to and know the right way to life in this world and the Kingdom to come. “For I proclaim the name of the LORD; Ascribe greatness to our God! “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4)

Prince of Peace

The world cries for peace, searches everywhere for peace but peace cannot be found. There is no peace in this world and has not been since sin entered in at the fall of man. There will not be peace in the world until sin has been taken out of the world by our Everlasting Father. There is no peace because mankind in not in a right relationship with God the Father. The child of Bethlehem came into the world that through Him a man’s relationship can be restored with God and peace will reside in his spirit. Jesus gives us that peace. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27) That peace of spirit when we are restored through Christ to a right relationship with the Father.

The Scriptures are filled with passages that pertain to peace but there are things that we should do to enjoy the benefit of the peace that only Jesus can give unto us.

Prayer

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Serving Christ

“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” (Romans 14:17-19)

Love

“Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)

Obedience

“According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.” (1 Peter 1:2)

Trust

“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)

Faith

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)

This Christmas Eve we have gathered here to worship and remember the new born King the Babe who was laid in the manger of Bethlehem. Let us now, and always come to adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, December 24, 2015

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