By Pastor Nate Garn
Here at Redeemer Church we celebrate Advent every year. This is a celebration leading up to Christmas where we celebrate the “coming” of our Lord and Savior. The book of Isaiah is loaded with promises of who the Messiah will be.
The Messiah will be “God with Us.”
Think about the truth in this passage found in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Specifically, look at the name Immanuel. Immanuel means “God with us”. With the coming of the incarnate Son of God we have the amazing promise of “God with us”.
I can’t think of a better promise of hope and love than God is with us. In Jesus we have God with us. Not against us. Not next to us but rather with us. Whatever we may be facing in our lives let your mind be ruled by the truth that God is “with us” in Jesus.
The Messiah will be “Ruler Over All”
Isaiah 9:6- “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders.”
I’m convinced that God is showing the world that the government can not bring ultimate joy. As long as human governments are led by humans there will be no shortage of corruption, lording and evil leadership. With Jesus as ruler we no longer have that fear. The great promise that we have is that he is most loving and gracious to all humankind. Colossians says that all things were made for him. Imagine this…a government without corruption ruled by love and grace!
The Messiah will be Unifying
My favorite verse in the Bible is Isaiah 11:10, “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.” Jesus is the root of Jesse. This passage says that Jesus will stand as a banner for the peoples. Not only that but the nations will rally to him. Heaven will be a wonderful collage of nations and races singing eternal worship to Jesus. This is why racism is so wicked to God. Unity among the nations is ultimately God’s goal. He wants to unite more people to be worshiping him.
Lastly, this verse says that his resting place will be “glorious”. If we are being honest we are all in desperate need of rest and peace. We think this rest and peace comes through money, relationships, entertainment etc. However, the only promise of rest that we have is found in Jesus.
So, with that find your hope in this Christmas season in Christ. May he be the object of your worship and joy. Nothing else will satisfy and nothing else will glorify God.