Nov 29, 2020 | Lee Becknell
O come, O come, Emmanuel.
Text: Isaiah 11:1-10
Asked what he had learned at Sunday school, the ten-year old began, “Well, our teacher told us about when God sent Moses behind the enemy lines to rescue the Israelites from the Egyptians. When they came to the sea, Moses called for the engineers to build a pontoon bridge. After they had all crossed, they looked back and saw the Egyptians coming. Quick as a flash, Moses radioed headquarters on his walkie-talkie to send bombers to blow up the bridge and saved the Israelites.” “Bobby!” exclaimed his startled mother, “is that really the way your Sunday School Teacher told that story?” Well, no,” said Bobby, “but if I told it her way, you would never believe it.”
Title: “O come, O come, Emmanuel.”
* The King James Version of the Bible uses the spelling Emmanuel. The English Standard Version and others use the spelling Immanuel. The New English Translation employs both spellings. So, which spelling is correct?
* Well, to be fair, there really is no “right” way to transliterate words from one alphabet to another. The process of transliteration is all about getting the sounds into the other language, and both spellings, Immanuel and Emmanuel, allow us to pronounce the original word correctly.
Theme. “God’s people have always longed for their Savior. Waiting can be so painful and discouraging. For many, we just give up and forget that Jesus came at God’s appointed time and He will return in God’s appointed time. This Christmas renew your passion for His return.”
* Emmanuel means ‘God is with us’. The Bible describes the time before Christ appearance as darkness. The world was waiting for God.
* This morning, I would like to share with you the following lessons.
- The One who is coming, will be from the linage of David.
Isaiah 11:1, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”
* Isaiah's opening sentence tells us His earthly roots. A small, green shoot will spring forth from one of the dead stumps, from the family tree of Jesse. Recall that Jesse was the father of Israel's greatest king, David.
* Many will claim this is an unprecedented time in history but that is far from the truth. God will deliver us from COVID. Ever since man has walked the earth, there have been events that swept across the earth. From Noah and the great flood to SARS, the world has continually had to deal with viruses.
* We have been challenged to face a truth, humanity would rather not admit. I am usually not all that prophetic but I can say this with all certainty: We will all die. The question is not if but when. It’s a result of a virus as well. In the Bible, it’s called sin. We prefer not to admit it. We would rather use words like faults, defects, bad habits and hundreds of other words. It’s best described as any word or deed in which we place ourselves on the throne and remove God. Thankfully there’s a vaccine. It’s Jesus. A vaccine Isaiah predicted over 700 years before He arrived on the scene.
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
John 7:42, “Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”
Matthew 8:17, “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
* Beloved, Jesus will be victory over sin, Satan, and death and the inclusion of the Gentiles is God’s promises to Israel.
* Jesus is also the Key of David, as is written in Isaiah 22:22, “And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” Here, “key” refers both to the power to lock and to unlock, and more broadly to the ruling authority given to him.
- The One who is coming, is nothing like the rulers of this world.
Isaiah 11:2-5, “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.”
* Beloved, Jesus knows what you need and how best to meet your needs.
Verse 2: The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him - a Spirit of wisdom and understanding, a Spirit of counsel and strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. We have never known a president like this. The people in Isaiah's day hadn't either. This tender shoot from Jesse's family tree will have the breath of God upon Him. He will not attempt to accomplish His goals by human means, but will be controlled by the Spirit of God.
Therefore, He will exercise His judicial duties with wisdom and understanding. Unlike every world leader in human history, this Messiah will not require a cabinet of advisors or any of the other political machinery seated leaders need to accomplish their plans, for upon Him rests the Spirit of counsel and strength. He knows what needs to be done and has the power to accomplish His plans.
* Isaiah adds that everything this Messiah will do will flow from a unique connection with God, for He has the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. In fact, the opening phrase of v. 3 tells us that His delight will be in the fear of the Lord. It will be the defining drive of His life and work.
* This combination of attributes springs from a man in whom the Holy Spirit finds no impedance of sin, and is therefore able to empower Him to do all of the will of God. This level of spiritual innocence and unhindered dependence upon the Spirit of God can only be explained by what we call the Incarnation, when God was born a man in the person of Jesus Christ.
* Verses 3-5: He will not judge by what He sees with His eyes, He will not execute justice by what He hears with His ears, but He will judge the poor righteously and execute justice for the oppressed of the land. He will strike the land with discipline from His mouth, and He will kill the wicked with a command from His lips. Righteousness will be a belt around His loins; faithfulness will be a belt around His waist.
* The hallmark of the reign of God's Messiah is captured in three primary words in this passage: righteousness, equity, and faithfulness.
* Praise God we do not have to go through an election in God’s kingdom. He is not elected to this office by a vote; there will be no vote. I am sure they would be some that would try cheating even in God’s elections. He reigns by the authority of God and rules by the standards of the will of God.
Revelation 19:11-16, “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”
- The One who is coming, will make this world a better place.
Isaiah 11:6-10, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. 9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.”
* Beloved, if you have your own Bible let me point out to you something spectacular in this passage. I call this the ‘shall’ passage! Eight (8) times you find the word ‘shall’ woven into this text and I believe it is for a reason.
* The longer I live on this earth and the more Presidents I have had to experience and their administrations the more I love this passage.
* The earth will be Eden again. In one of the most beautiful descriptions in all the Bible of what life will be life under this King's rule, we see the very nature of the world changed. Predators and prey ‘shall’ no longer be natural enemies.
* All of us dream of a day when no one will have to carry a gun. When there will be worldwide peace. When everyone will be treated fairly; no babies killed by abortion. No racism. No riots and arson. We dream of that day the prophet Isaiah saw: when there will be peace in the valley.
* Every Christian is a dreamer. Every time we recite the Lord’s Prayer we dream. Every time we say the words ‘thy Kingdom Come’ we dream of a world without war; without greed, without hunger. We dream of worldwide peace.
* You cannot be neutral about this baby who is God with us, for He will not be neutral about you in the day of reckoning.
In an Instant by Lee DuCharme as told by Judy DuCharme.
Some time ago the spiritual healer Kathryn Kulman (1960-1970) lifted her arm and pointed to the upper section of the auditorium where I sat. “A young man is being healed of a broken back.” Just a few weeks before I had gone dirt-biking with my brother in-law near my parents’ cottage in Michigan. I struck a stump and flipped through the air, feeling and hearing a vibrating crunch in my back. X-rays revealed a 25 percent compression fracture of my seventh vertebra, and I was hovering close to spending my life in a wheelchair. After one week in the hospital I received a back brace and a stern warning; if I took it off before Christmas, I could become a paraplegic. One month later I went to New York City to attend the world convention of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, where Kathryn Kuhlman was the main speaker. When she pointed to my area and said God was healing a broken back, a tingling bolted from my head to my toes. The sensation was both of warm honey flowing over me and an electrical charge shooting through me. I stood, removed my suit coat, my shirt and my back brace. At first I worked carefully, but I realized the weeks of pain I was experiencing was gone. I put my shirt back on and walked down to the stage to give my witness. I left my back brace on that stage in New York City. Years later, after my retirement from being a refrigeration technician. I still work out twice a week lifting weights. The greatest miracles of all followed my healing. One by one, over the next few years, five of my siblings and their spouses came to know the Lord. They saw His hand and believed His love.
Matthew 8:17, “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
* Emmanuel – God is with us.