Away in a Manger: Isaiah

December 1, 2019   /   Christ Church on Harvard

                                           Away in a Manger:    Isaiah – Hope

                                                 Isaiah 9:2, 6-7


The surrounding the Christmas story are many and profound

The of Christmas provide us points of connection with the story 

The of Christmas helps us express our hearts in worship

Isaiah the prophet lived some 700 years the birth of Christ

Isaiah ministered during a time of judgement and painful

         People then wondered if there was any of rescue and salvation        

         Many today wonder if there is any hope of

         People of all ages seek hope to

Isaiah’s prophecies, whose name means “salvation of Yahweh” point to

The announcement of Jesus’ is found in Isaiah 40: 3-5

3  A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5  Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”  (NRSV)


Jesus’ is foretold in Isaiah 7:14       14  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  (NIV)

Jesus’ proclamation of the is found in Isaiah 61:1  1  The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,  (NIV)

Jesus’ sacrificial is pointed to throughout Isaiah 52 & 53 and culminates is Isaiah 53:5-6  5  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (NIV)

Isaiah’s message brings to those caught up in darkness    Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 2  The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned…. 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 increase 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. (NIV)

Isaiah’s prophecy was to Joseph in a dream:  Matthew 1:20-23 (NIV) 20  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23  “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.” .

        Great springs forth from Isaiah’s words of old – fulfilled in the coming of Jesus 

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