Recorded on December 23rd, 2018
God is Mighty. God doesn’t need us – he desperately wants us to live the amazing, wonderful, blessed lives that he has created for us.
Transcript of Sermon:
This is Alan root he’s gonna read our scripture for us today Thank You Alan he’s gonna do a great job the first scripture is from Isaiah 9:6 from the New International Version 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 and from John 1:1 through five in the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was God he was with God in the beginning through him all things were made without him nothing was made that has been made in him was life and that life was the light of all mankind the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it the word of God for the people of God you know Alan you did a fabulous job on that John verse that is not one to that’s easy to read because there’s so much word and we thank you I was saying that I love the Christmas season especially because the hymns that we sing tell the story that we get to anticipate as we’re leading into that Christmas morning so I just love that’s why we sang a few more verses than we normally do because they tell us bit by bit who God is and I said once before and I’ll say it again if I ever couldn’t have my Bible the one thing that I would want would be my hymnal and I believe that Ellis has been has a when he was that he was a preacher and he would have said the same thing because in the hymnal is the story of God and it’s all that we need to really understand who God is so anyway I’m gonna start today by telling you reading to you lyrics from another kind of song Christmas hymns seeing the story of Christmas over us well today we’re talking about God as our mighty God as Jesus as mighty God we’ve been in isaiah 9 for all of the Advent season looking at Jesus as the Prince of Peace Jesus as wonderful counselor Jesus as everlasting father today we’re gonna look at him as mighty God and one of the songs that came to mind when I was thinking about what Jesus means as mighty God had to do nothing with God whatsoever but everything to do with what I was looking for at one point in my life in terms of a hero in terms of somebody that was mighty somebody that I really thought well I was just as a teenage girl this where my thoughts and I get to know that as it I’m not the only one because this song was a very popular song in the 80s it was a part of a movie called Footloose and the song is called holding out for a hero okay and it’s by Bonnie Tyler the tom is laughing cuz it’s hilarious and it is let me I’m gonna read you just a few of these words and I’m gonna read you to these to you and know that as a teenage girl every word in this song was one that I could relate to that I really felt yes that’s exactly what I need in my life now be kind to me because it shows you a lot about who I was then okay so don’t be very just be kind and listening to this but also think that there are lots of little girls just like me or teenage girls who were thinking the same thing you ready here we go it says where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods where’s that streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds isn’t there a white knight upon his fiery steed late at night I toss and turn and I dream of what I need and what did I need my friends well I needed a hero I’m holding out for a hero til the end of the night he’s gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight I need a hero I’m holding out for a hero til the morning light he’s gotta be sure and he’s got to be soon and he’s got to be larger than life that my friends as a teenager as a tween girl and her 11 12 13 year old self was all I really felt that I needed now granted their merit have been some things that made me feel this way I grew up without a father in the home and then when my mom did marry somebody that stepfather that I had at the time was not a good man and so I wouldn’t have understood that this was probably a father figure I was looking for in my mind what I was really looking for was a boyfriend a husband as weird as that seems at some teenage age but we see that happen all the time I was looking for somebody to come save me from what I knew was happening in my life to save me from the world around me not only that I was looking for somebody who would see me who would notice me somebody who would be interested in the person that I was somebody who would want to know more about me who would want to protect me and who would be there until the morning light write this I think in a lot of ways explains the way that we as humanity try and fill those gaps in our life now not all of you were teenage girls at one time half of you were probably but each of us have tried to fill these little holes in our lives and we relate to music now I promise you that my husband Joe never related to I need a hero I didn’t ask him but I can pretty much guarantee that that’s true is that true it was not one of your mighty power songs right right he’s saying he’s laughing at me you take any Slayer song or any sort of I don’t know heavy rock metal song and that was that spoke life to him because the lyrics of those words spoke to the things in his heart that were missing the thing about the Christmas season that I love so much is that it paints a picture of who we are as people and how God works to enter that place and to meet us where we need him the most and though I married Joe and he has been much of a hero in my life he’s not this person because this person and this song does not exist and it wasn’t until I met God in college that I truly understood what a hero really looked like when I truly understood what it means to have a mighty power in your life and say we’re gonna look at that mighty power and how that mighty God that came in the form of a little baby on a Christmas morning can build those spaces in your life can be powerful and transformative in your world we’ve been looking at Isaiah 9:6 and we’ve just been looking at 9 6 by itself but if you look at the whole of Isaiah 9 it paints a bigger picture of what we’re being promised because in 9 6 it starts with the word for for unto 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 and Prince of Peace the 4 that begins that scripture tells us something important it tells us that it’s connecting that verse to the rest of what comes before it so we’re going to go now and I’m going to read you verses 1 through 5 and then we’re going to go bit by bit so we can uncover what it means for us to have a mighty God in our lives verse 9 starts verse 9 1 says nevertheless there will be normal no more gloom for those who are in distress the people walking in darkness have seen a great light on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned and you have enlarged the nation increased their joy they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder for as in the day of midians defeat you have shattered the yoke that burdens them the bar across their shoulders the rod of their oppressor for unto us a child is born a son is given so it’s saying that all of these things happened because to us a child has been born so what are those weird things mean because we don’t really live in this type of a world before but what we do live in is a world that is very similar to the world of the Israelites back in the days when Jesus did come thousands of years ago we live in a broken world ever since the moment when Adam and Eve chose freewill over the love of God our world has been broken by sin and by our own hearts wanting something that’s not really the best for us but doing it anyway and because of that we suffer in this world I know that there’s not one of us out here who doesn’t have something that they’re dealing with in life right now whether it’s big or small in one of my meetings this week I was praying with somebody who was just going through a really tough time and they said you know ELISA I said I know when I walk into church and I see everybody everybody smiles and they look happy and everything looks okay but I think I really believe that every single person there even though they’re smiling is struggling in one way or another whether that’s something in their life whether it’s their children their grandchildren we all have something that we’re praying over that we’re asking God to intercede and we all need something to be fixed and he said and it gives me hope to know that I’m not alone well I agree it gives me hope to not know that I’m not only does it give me hope to know that I’m not alone it gives me hope to know that we aren’t the first to feel this way we aren’t the first group of humanity that’s lived in a really broken hurting world since the beginning of time since the beginning of Adam and Eve in their decision the world has been broken but the promise that is born to us for unto us a child is born is that we have this ahead of us first is hope in verse 2 starting in verse 1 it says nevertheless there will be no more gloom for those who are in distress the people walking in darkness have seen a great light and those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned see what when Jesus was born to us on that beautiful Christmas morning there was a fulfilled promise God had been with the Israelites for hundreds of years yet there’s been this silence since the last time we hear of God in the Bible – the moment that we open up in the New Testament hundreds of years have passed and there hasn’t been much from God and people have been living in darkness you and I and the world that we live in there is darkness but the promise to us is that with the birth of Jesus there is hope and we can do anything as long as there’s hope as long as there’s a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how hard life gets if we have hope we can sustain we can move on one of my very best friends had the privilege of being a parent to a daughter with very special needs from the moment she was born there was a lot wrong with her and they never knew exactly what the full diagnosis was they never had the privilege of getting to know what her full life expectancy might be but she got to stay with them for seven years and for seven years my friend cared for her daughter my friend and her husband and their family cared for that daughter so well they loved her and it wasn’t an easy road yet this friend of mine no matter how many times they were at the hospital no matter how many holidays they because they were still in a hospital she always had hope and she always had joy and her life was one of the hardest lives that I’ve ever seen lived out in my circle of friends yet she was probably my most joyful friend my most hopeful friend she was one of those people that you would see and you’d say I want whatever it is she has I want some of that for my life that’s the gift that’s given to us with the birth of a baby and I’ll tell you why in a minute Jesus means hope Jesus also means joy in verse 3 it says you have enlarged the nation and increased their joy they rejoice before you and people rejoice at the harvest as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder you see what’s born to us on Christmas morning is a baby who promises us joy no matter what season of life we’re in and Joe and I can attest to this in fact the times that have been almost most joyful in our lives have been the times that have been hardest because in that moment we’ve known God more than we know him in times that are easy and we can sense his presence and we can see God moving in our lives to do great works my friend that I told you about was truly one of my most joyful friends and she always looked beyond her circumstances to see where God was working and I’ll tell you right now her daughter Laura is still a shining example of God’s light because my kids still remember Laura and there’s other people who will still to this day talk to my friend about what Laura meant to them in their lives this daughter who never walked a day in her life who never said a word yet lived a life of hope and joy now the reason why this baby child that is born to us is the promise of hope and joy is because of what we see here in verse 4 it says for as in the day of midians defeat you have shattered the yoke that turns them the bar across their shoulders the rod of their oppressor the reason why Jesus being born to us is such a gift the reason why he is so mighty is because with Jesus the bad things don’t get the last word with Jesus disease does not get the last word with Jesus cancer does not get the last word with Jesus birth defects don’t get the last word divorce does not get the last word alcoholism doesn’t get the last word that bad things of this world don’t reign supreme because in Jesus being born living in the flesh just like you and I and then dying and rising again Jesus has conquered this world and so whatever it is that you are struggling through whatever it is your loved ones are struggling through in this season the reason why we can have hope and joy in the midst of it is because they don’t get the last word there is going to be something good at the end of whatever it is that you’re going through we don’t get to choose what that good thing is we don’t get to choose what the outcome is but the promise to you and I is that that bad thing does not get the last word in your life and the life of somebody that you love Laura’s life did not end the day that she passed away Laura’s life continues on and continues to be a light to those around her death did not have the last word and so in the silent of a dark morning in a humble lowly manger a mighty God was born to us and though many of us are looking for a hero that’s right riding that white steed looking for a warrior who can come and politically change the world looking for a leader who will step into the politics of this world like the Israelites were when Jesus first came God came as a mighty God much different than what you and I would Kyle mighty today one of my favorite songs in the Christmas season is not as rare as pretty new it’s called winter snow if you haven’t heard it I encourage you to go listen to it on your computer if you can but it talks about how Jesus came like a winter snow sigh quiet soft and low Jesus didn’t come roaring in like a hurricane Jesus didn’t come through a burning bush Jesus came in the silence of night humbly to take a human form to suffer as we human suffer to feel what you and I feel and then to die a death that we can’t experience that we could never understand my tea that is what a mighty God looks like I think that a lot of us in today’s world try to become our own heroes we learn over time that nothing or no one else is gonna fill that spot for us we figure that if we really want something to happen that we should just have to make it happen ourselves the world often tells us that the best way the best people in this world are self-sufficient they can take care of themselves they’re disciplined they can make things happen but as being one of those people throughout my life I’ve learned how exhausting that can be to carry the pressure and the weight of doing it all on your own aren’t you tired of trying to make it all happen yourself doesn’t it get exhausting trying to measure up to the standards that you’ve put on yourself or to the standards that you feel this world has put on you the gift of a mighty God is that you don’t have to do it all yourself the gift of a mighty God is that you have a friend who walks with you every minute of every day of your life that friend gives you peace when the life is going through turmoil that friend brings joy in the midst of darkness and that friend shares the light of hope when life gets really hard so when to us on Christmas morning a child is born he is wonderful counselor he has mighty God he has everlasting father and he is the Prince of Peace and he is truly the gift of Christmas now our job our one and only job is to accept that gift there’s nothing that you and I need to do other than to reach our hand forward and say yes I need you I want you please help me and then to learn to walk daily with God because if we don’t intentionally try and collect collect God to connect with God in our lives we don’t get to feel them as often as we might so may we this year as we enter as we end Advent as we enter into Christmas Eve tomorrow may we learn how to be true great friends with Jesus because he is truly our hero and if you’re still holding out for one like they did in the 80s well he’s right there for you ready to give you his hand and say I’m here to help the best gift that we get in every Christmas season is the promise that there is hope and joy because Jesus has overcome and that’s what the verse that Allan read to you from John is telling us and the word in the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was God he was with God in the beginning and through him all things were made this him is Jesus without him nothing was made that has been made in him was life and that life was the light of all mankind and here’s the part we need to take home today that light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it our mighty God always has the last word and that’s the greatest gift of Christmas let’s pray God we thank you so much for loving us for caring for us God we thank you for loving us so much that you sent your son to be with us today to be our friend to be our mighty God our everlasting father God please carry us in this season and help us to trust you to nurture our faith in you and to choose to set aside our self sufficiency and to lean on you and to experience a life that we could never have expected possible and it’s in the name of Jesus that we pray amen