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Longing for Light in the Darkness

December 15, 2019 Speaker: Rick Negley Series: Advent

Scripture: Isaiah 9:1–9:7

Jesus: Joy of Every Longing Heart

Part 3: Longing for Light in the Darkness

(Isaiah 9:1-7)

 

 

  1. The Devastation of Darkness

Darkness in their day

                        Unbelief or lack of reliance on God (Isaiah 7:9; 8:19)

                                    Leaning on a foreign power for help

                                    Looking to spiritual substitutes for wisdom

Darkness in our day

                        Moral/spiritual

                        Relational/Political

                        Physical; Financial; Emotional

 

  1. The Longing for Light Is a Longing for God

            The nature of light is personal.

            God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).

 

  1. The Messiah Is a Multi-Faceted Gift

            Jesus is more than a “utilitarian” gift.

            Infinite joy is offered (v. 3).

            Freedom from oppressive burdens is promised (v. 4; cf. Mt. 11:30).

            An end to war is foretold (v. 5; cf. Isaiah 2:4).

            Wonderful Counselor – Wise and all-knowing

            Mighty God – Glorious in power; able to help

            Everlasting Father – Protector and Provider

            Prince of Peace – The Righteous Ruler

            Ever-increasing government (rule/reign) and peace

Manger empty.  Cross empty.  Tomb empty.

Throne occupied for eternity! – Dustin Benge

 

  1. Receiving the Redeemer

            To receive or welcome is to believe (John 1:12).

            To repent is to turn from other potential sources of light.

            The Light has come, yet darkness remains—“already and not yet.”

            One day the door will be fully opened forever.

            Its gates will never be shut; there will be no night (Rev. 21:23-25).

            The Lord God will be their light (Rev. 22:5).

 

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