There is no denying it.
Resistance is futile.
Christmas is here.
I spent my morning preparing for part one of our Christmas series, “God with Us.” Over the next four weeks we will dive into the first part of the book of Isaiah as we seek to dig deep into the meaning of Christmas. We’ll discover Christmas from the standpoint of a prophet who lived over 700 years before Jesus was born that night in Bethlehem.
Isaiah is filled with references to Jesus. He is, outside of Moses, the Old Testament author most quoted in the New Testament. Isaiah is the guy who first prophesied John the Baptist (“the voice crying in the wilderness”), the virgin birth, Jesus Christ as the “prince of peace,” and “the light to the Gentiles.” He is also the guy who penned “Immanuel,” or “God with us,” for the first time.
There are three very popular and universally recognized “Christmas passages” in the book of Isaiah, in chapters 7, 9, and 11. However, we will begin our series looking at Isaiah 1, to set the tone for the book and the season. The specific passage is Isaiah 1:1-18. The title: “A Grace Intervention.”
The picture is a courtroom where God is calling heaven and earth to witness as He testifies against the wickedness of His children, Judah, who have rebelled against His covenant love and are thereby worthy of judgment. He states His case, and Judah (along with all sinful humanity), is guilty as charged. It is at this point that we see a grace intervention take place. Right at the point where God can demand the death penalty on His children, He chooses instead to offer a settlement.
What are the terms of that settlement?
Tune in Sunday to find out…