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Arrival of Hope

By: Admin on December 5, 2013

The word, “Advent” is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a coming into being or use; an arrival”.

In our world, society, homes and individual lives we have been waiting for that which gives true, concrete hope, peace, joy and love.

The headlines 2600 years ago in the country of Israel looked like these:
• The people who were called God’s children were living in direct disobedience to God’s Law
• The practiced religion was a confusing mix of God’s true Law and the religions of the other peoples’ around them which blatantly contradicted God’s Law.
• Corruption was rampant among the political and religious leadership
• Sexual immorality and abuse occurred at such an alarming rate that it had almost become the norm of the time.
• Greed and its devastating effects on a society and economy were crushing the people
• Crime was at an all-time high, yet there was no justice for anyone
• A huge foreign army stood at the border of Israel, ready to make a move into tiny Israel

There doesn't seem to be much difference between the headlines then and the headlines now. But there is hope. God sent his prophet Isaiah to not only warn Israel that they were in the wrong and that they would soon suffer the consequences, but to also announce true hope:

Isaiah 9:2 - 7
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.

3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.

4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.

5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

KEY LESSON:
We will see from this passage that Hope is:
Light, Joy, Freedom and Peace that comes from God through Jesus Christ.

Hope is what overcomes Darkness, Failure, Oppression and Conflict.

Hope is Light (Isaiah 9:2)
Coming out from the darkness of depression, ignorance and fear and the darkness of living a life which continues to drive us deeper into depression, ignorance and fear.

Light has dawned to those living in this darkness. We know the truth and the Way: it is Jesus.

Hope is Joy (Isaiah 9:3)
Joy that comes from victory and success that overcomes failure and loss:
• Disappointment in life or with other people
• Other peoples’ disappointment with us
• Losses: caused by others, external factors beyond anyone’s control or by our own decisions
• Failure to achieve goals. Having broken dreams, broken hearts and falling short of expectations.

Joy has come because victory is being given to those who have lost. Joy is only found in faith in the person of Jesus.


Hope is Freedom (Isaiah 9:4)
Freedom from oppression
• Oppressing others: taking advantage of them, placing impossible expectations on someone else, playing dirty
• Being oppressed:
o Carrying the weight of someone else’s selfishness in our own life
o Having your present decisions and emotions guided by someone else’s poor or abusive decisions in your past
o Being oppressed by your own shame and guilt over your past
o Being oppressed by your own unrealistic expectations on yourself.

The yoke of oppression, which which weighs us down, has been broken. There is a true freedom and relief. Jesus is the only one who can truly free us because he paid the price that was required to free us from our slavery.


Hope is Peace (Isaiah 9:5)
Peace from conflict:
• Making threats and carrying out with those threats in order to receive a personal benefit at the cost of someone else
• Being in a state of constant conflict and tension with someone else
• Being in a place where you cannot even resolve the tensions with yourself: indecision, guilt, pain, illness

This conflict has ended because one has come to bring true peace. That which has caused conflict can now be destroyed. Jesus himself is our peace.

We are the source of the problem of hopelessness. Darkness is in us. Failure is our result. Oppression is our mode of operation and conflict is how we relate.

The solution to hopelessness has to come from one who knows how to deal with darkness, failure oppression and conflict. From one who has never been corrupted by these very things. The prophet and teacher Isaiah saw into the future and revealed the person of Jesus bringing true hope.

Our key thought: Hope is Light, Joy, Freedom and Peace that comes from God through Jesus.

Isaiah 9:6 says,Hope is from God through Jesus
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,

A child was born. Isaiah had predicted in another message that this child would be born of a virgin. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, conceived by the work of God Himself. He came into the world as a baby, just like the rest of us.

But Isaiah said the son would be given: Jesus did not become a “son” of God through being born of Mary. He was already the “Son” – the exact image, authority and representation of God the Father. All of God packaged in a man, just like one of us with a HUGE exception: Jesus had no sin.

Continuing on in Isaiah 9:6
and the government will be on his shoulders.

Jesus came with an established authority to exercise over all other authorities.

Isaiah continues (Isaiah 9:6)
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His names reflect his role in our world and the solutions he would bring.
• Wonderful Counselor: taking away darkness and ignorance, curing depression, self-centeredness and foolish decisions
• Mighty God: Beyond all other ideas, philosophies and religions with the power to actually put into action what he has planned.
• Everlasting Father: the loving, kind, provider who is always faithful, never disappoints, never leaves
• Prince of Peace: the source of peace, the one who truly ends conflict and tension and brings true reconciliation between God and people and between people.

Isaiah 9:7
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.

This person of Jesus and his work will never end. Justice and Righteousness will be the norm wherever He is King.

To wrap it up, Isaiah says this in Isaiah 9:7:
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

The “zeal” of God will accomplish this: His passion, desire, His will, His plan, and His purpose. This is what God thinks about (and would lose sleep over if he could sleep).

HOPE IS SURRENDER
Be strong in the Lord
We are weak with no strength in us. We are tired and weighed down with these problems and worries. God is strong. He gives us His strength.

Be changed by God
Do what we need to do to get going in life. God has spelled out the general principles in His word. He has given us wisdom. Based on the Truth we need to re-purpose our life.

Be with others, don't be alone.
We were meant to be in a relationship with God. We were meant to be in a relationship with others. To truly participate in this relationship we need humility and openness to share with and willingness to listen to others and God.

Hope is Light, Joy, Freedom and Peace that comes from God through Jesus.

Topics: christmas, hope, jesus, message series

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