THE MESSAGE, MIRACLE, AND MISSION OF CHRISTMAS
Isaiah 9: 1-7
This passage of Scripture, probably more than any other, inspired George Frideric Handel to write the musical, “Messiah”, in 1741. In my opinion, the majesty of the music is unsurpassed. It just would not seem like Christmas without it.
The Message of Christmas contains transformative power for individuals and nations! (Isa. 9:1-5). Notice these references: (1) regions such as Zebulun and Naphtali would go from contempt to glory. They would be renamed ‘Galilee of the Gentiles’. This, of course would become the headquarters for the ministry of Jesus. Gentiles, once held in contempt, would come into glory through the ministry of Messiah Jesus who would fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant to bless all the nations of the earth. (2) the people who walked in darkness in a dark land would now have light shine upon them and they would experience gladness as they encountered the presence of God in Christ! (3) the people would be delivered from all oppression and be victorious over their enemies like in Gideon’s day when he defeated the Midianites.
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