For over two thousand years, Jesus’ birth has pointed to God’s covenant love and commitment to reconcile sinners to Himself. Long before that, though, the Old Testament prophets described a Messiah who would bring the light of dawn to a world wrapped in darkness. The baby we sing about at Christmastime is no ordinary child: He is Emmanuel, or “God with us.”
In this series, Alistair Begg examines the messianic prophecy of Isaiah 9, explaining how the prophet’s names for the coming Christ, such as Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God, anticipated the Messiah’s character. The Jewish people expected a great warrior king who would liberate them from their oppressors. Instead, God sent a child, a baby born in lowly circumstances, to save His people from spiritual darkness and establish an eternal kingdom. When we bend the knee to His reign, we are adopted into God’s family, and every spiritual blessing becomes ours through Christ.