The Promise of a Messiah

Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in Devotional

Isaiah 9:1-7 December 20, 2009

Pastor Marcus J. Serven

Covenant Family Church (RPCGA)

Think about it—how many times have you not fulfilled a promise that you have made? Perhaps, you could even make a compelling excuse for not fulfilling a particular promise; (i.e.) the circumstances changed; things didn’t turn out like you first expected; you didn’t intend to fail in keeping the promise, etc. But, be honest now, if you were on the receiving end of an unfulfilled promise, wouldn’t you be upset? Sure you would! However, when the promise is fulfilled, there is great joy! The LORD made significant promises in the Bible regarding the coming of a Messiah: He promised that the “seed” of the woman would give the “serpent’s seed” a mortal wound (Genesis 3:15); He said that the royal “scepter shall not depart from Judah” (Genesis 49:10); and, He said that the Messiah would come from the kingly line of David (2 Samuel 7:12-17). All these promises seem believable enough, but when you get to the promise of the Messiah as reported by Isaiah the Prophet, it seems unbelievable. How could a mere human child be called “Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace”? It is impossible! But God clearly fulfilled His messianic promise in sending forth his eternal Son, and that person is Jesus Christ (Psalm 2:7; John 1:1-18).

The Promise Concerning…

1. His Fame, (vs.1-5)
2. His Name, (vs.6)
3. His Reign, (vs.7)