The Gift of grace
Synopsis of sermon 12/20/15
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Isaiah 9:6 says For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
In this season, people are trying to get last minute gifts for un-grateful people. In the midst of all the chaos and all the hustle and bustle, we must remember the greatest gift there ever was. This gift was Jesus!
For those who may be upset at what you get or don’t get for Christmas, know that you have something that money can’t buy. You have love, peace, mercy, and if nothing else, you’re still alive! God has been good to you. All your good days have outweighed your bad days, so why would you complain?
Isaiah as a prophet, gives us a view of things to come. He gives us the messianic forecast that the savior would come down through 42 generations and be born. God has given us the greatest gift through Jesus Christ.
- Recipient of God’s grace
Unto us child is born, a son is given.
- Jesus was heaven’s answer to our earthly situation. We had become displaced because of sin, so we out to shout over the grace that God has given us. Even the psalmist said, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so”.
- The Jews believed Jesus would come by a chariot as a mighty warrior, but he came another way. He came as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothing. The way things are now, if there ever was a time we needed the Lord, we sure do need him now. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, so that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but instead have everlasting life.
- He did not come for a few, he came for us all. The gift of grace was not given to a particular group of people. Unlike religion who givens certain things to certain people, Jesus came for all of us.
- The phrase “Unto us … “mentioned in the text means, “no matter your situation or what you did, unto us he came”. Everyday day I wake up, I am thankful for the grace of God. Just think, no matter what you did, the text says, “unto us…” You can’t even say His name without saying “us”. Jesus, is in His name! He didn’t come for the frozen chosen or the elite status quo, he came for all of us!
- If you only knew he came for us, you would bless his name at all times. Praise would continually be in your mouth. Unto us!
- Revelation of God’s glory
We are able to see of a gift. The child (baby Jesus) represents humanity and the son represents His divinity.
- His humanity is a point of identification. John 1:14 says 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. – This would mean he could identify with us. Heb 4:15 -There is nothing we go through that Jesus didn’t go through. If we want to know how to deal with something, all we have to do is look in the bible and see how Jesus dealt with it.
- He dealt with demons by casting them out. He dealt with haters by ignoring them. However Jesus dealt with anything, we are supposed to deal with it.
- His divinity puts him in a class by Himself- He was God in Christ. He was the son that was given. He is the son of God. He was human enough to be in touch with humanity, but God enough to change you by a simple touch. If you touch him, whatever you need will happen. Ask the women with the issue of blood what happens when you touch him. The songwriter says, “He touched me and oh the joy that fills my soul… ”. When we touch him, something happens.
- He is the son of God which puts Jesus in an entire different category. This is why we seal our prayers with, “in Jesus’ name”.
- Jesus is in a class all by himself. Who else can heal the sick or raise the dead from the dead? Mahammad, Buddha, and all the other idol gods are still in the grave, but Jesus is alive. He has risen just like he said. He is in a class all by himself. He is immutable, unchanging, unreadable, and impossible.
III. Rejoice in God’s greatness
The bible says the government will be upon his shoulders…- Isa 9:6 says 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Know how great your God is. Some people look at you and can’t make sense of your level of enthusiasm. They wonder why you are exited all the time. The answer is simple. We searched all over and couldn’t find nobody, nobody greater than Him!
- What makes God so great? The government shall be on his shoulders. –This means that leaders will depend on him to carry them.
- He came to establish his kingdom in the earth – This is a transfer from one kingdom to the next. Every king has a king. Governments are governed by principalities which mean we elect our leaders. The kingdom of God is not run by principalities, like things are down here. When God makes a transfer, he elects us. We then are the elect of God.
- Jesus comes down to earth wrapped in swaddling clothes. He doesn’t look like the earth expected him to look.
- The magi (wise men) were looking at the stars waiting on the savior to come. When he came, he didn’t come as a warrior on a chariot as many figured he would. He came as a baby lying in a manger.
- They wise men came to bow down to the baby. No man bows down to a child unless they know something. This was the start of a kingdom transfer. It was a transfer to bring the kingdom up there, down here in the earth realm.
- There were 3 wise men, but you can’t use the amount of gifts to determine how many people were present. This means that there could have been more than 3.
- When Christ is born, a king is here, which makes Herod the king, feel threatened. As a result, he sends the wise men to tell him where the child is. Herod is threatened because he thinks his kingdom will be taken, but the King (baby Jesus) doesn’t need Herod’s kingdom. He doesn’t know that this is all about kingdom transfer.
- John the Baptist caught the idea of kingdom transfer, because he kept saying, “…The kingdom is at hand…” In fact, when John was in his mother’s belly (Elizabeth), he leaped at the name of Jesus. When Jesus came into the earth, he comes to bring down heaven’s kingdom.
- Adam and Eve lost it. The Garden of Eden was the kingdom in the earth realm. Everything they needed was there. Jesus was coming back to give us the kingdom back. This is why in the model prayer, Jesus says, “thou kingdom come, thou will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” Everything that is in heaven can be available down here. We have our deliverance and healing, because we have everything available to us.
- The bible says and his name shall be: called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Whatever you need is in his name. We live in a name- brand culture. We all like something name-brand, because name brand stuff feels good. But when you know the name you got… There are over 200 names for him in scripture.
- Wonderful – One who does wonders?
- Counselor- This is a legal term. It means advocate, one who stands and pleads ones case. Somebody gone through situation and needed help and didn’t know who to go to. God set it up and turned the situation around.
- Mighty God- Might is a term often used in comic books. Might always deals with the supernatural which means it’s something above my power. There were some things you had to go through, that you thought was too big for you to get through, but that’s when God showed up with all his might. What a mighty God!
- Everlasting father – People come in out of our life, but God is the same yesterday today and forever. He is not a dead-beat dad. When you cry, cry “Abba father!”, which means thank you for being there.
- Prince of peace- Somebody, somewhere has not had a good night sleep in months. If they only knew some of the stuff you I have been through, they would understand why we thank him for that peace that surpasses all understanding!
- What a gift of grace!