Temple Baptist Church - 12-5-2010
A. In these prophetical verses, we find the spiritual setting in which the Christ came over two thousand years ago. Israel, at the time of Christ, was in bondage to Rome and it was one of the darkest hours of her history.
B. The long prophesied Messiah had not come and Israel slept in spiritual darkness. Israel had looked for a King, an earthly Deliverer BUT God saw her need: a Saviour, a spiritual Deliverer.
C. Israel was under the iron foot of Rome and cried as in the days of Moses for a Deliverer. In Isaiah 9:1-5, we find the world into which Jesus Christ was born. (In these verses, we find the analogy of our times)
1. A World In Distress – 1
2. A World In Darkness - 2
3. A World In Condemnation - 2
4. A World In Sadness - 3
5. A World In Bondage - 4
6. A World In Confusion – 5
7. A Few Waiting – 6-7
Their King was to be their Deliverer, but with a cross instead of a crown!
1. In Christ’s First Advent, We Find The Greatest Love Story Ever Told - Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
2. In Christ’s First Advent, We Find The Greatest Gift Ever Given - John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
3. In Christ’s First Advent, We Find The Greatest Sacrifice Ever Made - 2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
4. In Christ’s First Advent, We Find The Greatest Grace Ever Received - Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
5. In Christ’s First Advent, We Find The Greatest Forgiveness Ever Extended – all our iniquities - Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
6. In Christ’s First Advent, We Find The Greatest Promise Ever Kept – “shall be saved” to “hath saved us” - Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
1. The Sins – “their sins”
a. It Showed The Magnitude Of Their Sins – Someone Had To Die! - Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
b. It Showed The Misery Of Their Sins – There Was Nothing That They Could Do To Atone For It! - Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
2. The Sinners – “his people”
a. We Find The Salvation Of Israel - Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
b. We Find The Salvation Of Individuals - Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
3. The Salvation – “shall save”
a. There Is A Promise - Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
b. There Is A Performance - 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
4. The Saviour – “JESUS”
a. We Find Here God The Son - Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
b. We Find Here God The Sacrifice - John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.