The Promised Child
STEVE McKENZIE
ISAIAH 9:1-7
The Promised Child

 

Big Idea

Together we will paint a fresh picture of God’s unusual faithfulness

BACKDROP
  • There is gloom, anguish, and contempt
  • There is darkness, a deep darkness
  • “The Christmas story loses all its power when we only see the darkness out there but fail to see the darkness inside of us”
  • The darkness of sin separates us from God

 

SETTING

  • The darkness produces a world at war with God and each other
  • Zebulun and Naphtali were northern cities in Israel and often the first to be attacked
  • The setting is a world at war with the thundering noise of battle approaching

 

FOCAL POINT

  • In the center of the painting, a light begins to emerge. This light is foreshadowed in the passage but comes into full clarity in verse 6, “for to us a child is born, to us a son is given”
  • Jesus is 1) Wonderful Counselor, 2) Mighty God, 3) Everlasting Father, and 4) Prince of Peace
  • He is the eternal king who will reign forever

 

ACTION STEPS:

  • Humble yourself before the infant King
  • Don’t Lose Hope
  • Worship