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The Hope of Immanuel

Text: Isaiah 9:1-7 (NIV)

(IIA) 1Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan—

(IIB) 2 The people walking in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.

(IIIA) 3 You have enlarged the nation

and increased their joy;

they rejoice before you

as people rejoice at the harvest,

as men rejoice

when dividing the plunder.

(IIIIB) 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,

you have shattered

the yoke that burdens them,

the bar across their shoulders,

the rod of their oppressor.

(IIIC) 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle

and every garment rolled in blood

will be destined for burning,

will be fuel for the fire.

(IVA)  6 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.

(IVB) 7 Of the increase of his government and peace

there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne

and over his kingdom,

establishing and upholding it

with justice and righteousness

from that time on and forever.

(IVC) The zeal of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.

I.        Introduction:

II.      Hope for the Illumination of Immanuel

A.      Coming to the End of Darkness

B.      Coming to the Light of Day

III.   Hope for the Exultation of Immanuel

A.      Exulting in Joy

B.      Exulting in Triumph

C.      Exulting in Peace

IV.    Hope For the Administration of Immanuel

A.      Coming Through The Person of a Child

1.       Designated a Gift

2.       Destined to Rule

3.       Described as Glorious

a)       Called Wonderful Counselor

b)       Called Mighty God

c)       Called Everlasting Father (Father of Eternity)

d)       Called Prince of Peace

B.      Coming Through The Power of a King

1.       His Endless Rule

a)       No End to His Government

b)       No End to His Peace

2.       His Ethical Reign

a)       The Rightful Heir

b)       The Righteous Judge

(1)     Concerned with What is Just

(2)     Concerned with What is Right

C.      Coming Through The Promise of the Almighty

V.      Conclusion:

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