This is early, but here is the sermon for Sunday December 27th, 2009.  This is the last of this Christmas series.

The Christmas Prophet part 4

The Triumph of Christmas.

Isaiah 11:1-9.

Isaiah 11:1-9 ESV – 1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

INTRODUCTION

This is the fourth and final sermon in our Christmas series, “The Christmas Prophet.”  We have been looking at what Isaiah the prophet had to say concerning Jesus Christ and His coming and mission; 700 years before Christ came.

So far we’ve seen, a virgin shall give birth to a son, whose name is Immanuel – God with us; in the second sermon we looked into the character of this Immanuel and saw the true character and meaning of Christmas; then last time we looked into the mission of Christ – it is a Christmas mission.

Now we are going to look at the triumph of Christmas.  When I say, “triumph of Christmas,” I’m not talking about everyone having a Christmas tree, or reading the Christmas story, or getting gifts and fellowshipping with families and friends….that really has nothing to do with Christmas truthfully.  I’m talking about that Christ’s Christmas mission will one day be fulfilled.  He has redeemed us through His shed blood; and at His second coming, He I believe sets right what has been wrong with our world – He will completely eradicate sin and evil from the earth….that’s the triumph of Christmas, and that is the hope we Christians have.

Let’s begin looking into our text this morning, seeing what Isaiah has to say concerning that day.

First, the Messiah has a humble beginning.

Isaiah 11:1 ESV – 1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

How does this mean humble beginnings you may ask?  Well, the House of David and Judah, just like Israel, will be devastated because of sin and their turning their back on the one who called them and raised them up.  They will go into captivity, and like a tree, they will be cut off, and all that is left will be a stump.

Now notice that this is called, “the stump of Jesse,” not the stump of David.  The reason: it signifies a new David, with humble beginnings, outside of the sinful family of David.  He will not sin; He will not fall; He will honor God and be obedient to the mission God has for Him.  This is none other than Jesus Christ our Savior.

Jeremiah calls Him a branch in two places.

Jeremiah 23:5-6 ESV – 5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

Jeremiah 33:15 ESV – In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

We all know the Christmas story:  Christ Jesus was not born in an estate, or a palace, but in most likely a cave, having a feeding trough for a bed, amongst cattle and lowly shepherds.  This is the beginning of the triumph of Christmas.

His life will be Spirit led; and His rule will be in righteousness.

Isaiah 11:2-5 ESV – 2And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

Let’s break this passage down:

  • The Spirit shall rest on Him. He shall be led by the Spirit of the Living God in everything He does and says.  Notice the beginning of Jesus ministry the resting of the Spirit upon Him.

Matthew 3:16 ESV – And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him…

  • He will have the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. This is not human wisdom and understanding, but the wisdom and understanding that is from God alone through the Holy Spirit.  Notice what Paul says about Jesus.

Colossians 2:3 ESV – in whom (In Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

  • He will have the Spirit of counsel and might. In Isaiah 9, He is called, “Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God.”  His counsel will be wonderful to experience and His might will be for the Christians glorious; and for those who oppose Him and thing to dread.
  • He will fear the Lord and delight in it. The Lineage of David was destroyed because they didn’t fear the Lord and obey His commandments; Christ Jesus has a perfect fear for God Almighty and was obedient perfectly to His will and commands.  He delighted in being the sin sacrifice.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV – looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

  • His judgment toward the afflicted will be altogether righteous; but to the wicked – they will be judged and destroyed by the words of His mouth. Let’s look at this judgment of the wicked that takes place at His second coming.

Revelation 19:15 ESV – From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.

The earth will again be reordered when Sin is completely eradicated.

Isaiah 11:6-9 ESV – 6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

When does the ultimate triumph of Christmas take place?  When Sin, death, and sickness has been destroyed and the new heaven and a new earth is created.

Revelation 21:1-4 ESV – 1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

CONCLUSION

What is the triumph of Christmas?

  • The triumphant one is born of humble beginnings.
  • He lives His life led by the Holy Spirit.
  • His rule will be altogether righteous and fierce at the same time.
  • His rule will bring about the total destruction of sin, sickness, and death and a new heavens and a new earth.

What a glorious message that the Christmas prophet gives us; what a glorious message the time of Christmas reveals.

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