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A Hope Fulfilled in Christ

A Hope Fulfilled in Christ
Isaiah 9:1-7.

Out of the ashes, from a very dark place in the history of Israel (nearly 800BC, Assyrian captivity) came a word of hope. Usually, God would send His rescue government through a priest (Moses) or a judge (Deborah) or a king (David). But this time, He had a bigger, better plan - to send His Son Jesus for us (John 3:16) who fulfils these promises in us.

Promise: A hope, spiritual and physical (v2-5):
  • v2 Salvation (darkness to light)
  • v3 The Holy Spirit (increased joy)
  • v4 Freedom
  • v5 Justice
Promise: A relationship to demonstrate His sovereignty and love. Where He calls us in fellowship by His Spirit to experience His wonder and might (transcendence), but also His everlasting love and peace (immanence). (v6)

Promise: An everlasting government because His office is perfect - He is a Priest, who is a Judge, who is a King and who is God. Which means we have peace on earth but more so guaranteed peace - life in eternity. (v7)

Merry Christmas in advance, and have a blessed celebration.

Reflect & Pray
How does it encourage you to know that God loved you so much that He sent His Son as a baby to bring you hope? Who might you share God's love with this Christmas?
As Simeon did in Luke 2:30, Father may our eyes see your salvation, joy and glory, as we behold your Son Jesus this Christmas, in Jesus name, amen.

God bless you exceedingly,

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