ISAIAH 11:1-5; 10 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 He will delight in obeying the Lord.He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay. 4 He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. 5 He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment.
10 In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to him, and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.
EXPECTATION - HOPE
BABIES REPRESENT OUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
noun: advent; plural noun: advents
1 the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event."the advent of television"
◦ the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.noun: Advent
COME AND BEHOLD HIM - DR. BRIAN SIMMONS
MATTHEW 1:18-23 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, (LUKE 1) for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
JESUS - SALVATION RESTORATION & DELIVERANCE
IMMANUEL - GOD WITH US; GOD BECAME ONE OF US
ISAIAH 7:14 Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).
INCARNATION - The incarnation of Christ is a central Christian doctrine that God became flesh, assumed a human nature, and became a man in the form of Jesus, the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity.
EPHESIANS 2:11a; 12-13 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. 12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
MATTHEW 1 LINEAGE -
EACH BIRTH REPRESENTED HOPE THAT DIDN’T DELIVER
TRUE HOPE DOESN’T EXIST OUTSIDE OF JESUS
COLOSSIANS 1:26-27 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
AS LONG AS YOU HAVE JESUS YOU HAVE HOPE