So Much More than a Babe in the Manger
Delivered By
Dr Tom Hover
Delivered On
December 19, 2021
Central Passage
Isaiah 9:6  
Subject
So Much More than a Babe in the Manger
Description

So Much More than a Babe in the Manger
Isaiah 9:6    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon His shoulder: And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
I. The Incarnation of Christ
“For unto us a child is born.” 
John 1:1-3, John 1:14, Philippians 2:7
II. The Provision of Christ
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”  Matthew  1:21, John 3:16, Luke 2:11, Philippians 2:8, Isaiah 53:10
III. The Dominion of Christ
“And the government shall be upon his shoulder.” 
Philippians 2:10–11
IV. The Exaltation of Christ
“And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” 
Wonderful
This has the idea of being supernatural and extraordinary. 
Counselor
This speaks of Christ being our Guide and Stay. It literally means “to advise, counsel, devise, and plan.” Psalm 37:23
The Mighty God 
This speaks of Christ being the Strong One, the I AM, the Conqueror, the One who is mighty and invincible.   Psalm 27:1
The Everlasting Father 
We are not serving one who lacks wisdom or experience. Revelation 1:8, John 8:58, Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6a
The Prince of Peace 
Keep in mind that Isaiah is looking toward the coming Kingdom during the Millennial Reign. Luke 2:14, John 16:33, Philippians 4:7
Conclusion: Yes, So Much More than a Babe in the Manger. A child born! A son given! This one statement focusses both on Christ’s humanity and His deity. One points us to the Babe of Bethlehem, the other to the Ancient of Days; one epitomizes impotence, the other, omnipotence; one reminds us that Jesus was Son of Man, the other that He was Son of God. But Isaiah’s great statement does not restrict itself to the first coming of Christ. It leaps across the ages of His coming again. It takes us to the cradle, and then straight on to the throne. Let me sum it up this way:
I. The Coming of Jesus The King!
A. The Mystery of the Manger
“The Child Born” “The Son Given”
B. The Majesty of the Manger
“the government on His shoulder”
II. The Claims of Jesus The King
1. Unerring in His Decisions
“Wonderful, Counsellor” 
2. Unquestionable in His Deity 
“The Mighty God”
3. Unending in His Days
“The Everlasting Father”
3. Unrivaled in His Domains
“The Prince of Peace”
I trust you realize that Christ our Lord is so much more than a babe in the manger.  He came to earth, lived and died for the sin of the world. He rose triumphant over sin, death, and hell. He is coming again for the church, and He will return to this earth to rule in power.  At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but that is just the beginning of the story.   He was born to die in order to secure our redemption and salvation. Do you know Christ the risen Lord as Savior or have you just heard of the baby Jesus? You must know Him as Savior if you expect to be forgiven of sin and have eternal life.  If you have never trusted Christ as your personal Savior, I urge you to come to Him today!

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