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December 25, 2019 1:00 am
Turn with me please to Isaiah chapter 9 verse six we have begun a series of messages during Advent examining one of Isaiah's prophecies concerning the coming of the Christ 700 years before Jesus was born of a virgin in Bethlehem of Judea.
God called him Jesus. The only as RED statistics.
That tells me that more than 60% of those who claim to be Christians believe there are many ways to God that tells me that this is a time to equip ourselves with the truth of the word of God when millions of churchgoers believe that Jesus is a way that Jesus is merely a good role model. Other Jesus as a great philosopher or Jesus was merely a good man or Jesus were just a prophet.
It is vitally important to realize that God already knew that this is gonna happen in the 21st century and that is why for thousands of years before Jesus's birth, the creator God told us again and again that Jesus is coming and that when Jesus comes is going to be Jesus. The only the Old Testament tells us again and again that Jesus is the one who was God of very God, through whom the whole universe was created, not evolved, created that Jesus is the one who is the God of power and might in human flesh, that the Jesus of Nazareth's is a very God whose power hung the sun, the moon and the stars in their orbit the Jesus was born of a virgin in Bethlehem of Judea little over 2000 years ago is the very God, who blew on a handful of dust and Adam popped up none of monkey I rational, intelligent human being and that is why I have been saying that every single believer must be equipped to defend the very core of this biblical truth, whatever you might be in a day when pluralism is the religion of choice of many so-called churchgoers, the faithful remnant must have the courage to say thus says the Lord. And just in case any of you living under a rock and you have not been reading the news these days, when a company official including a CEO or a public servant, rise up and say, thus says the Lord, that marriage is between a man and a woman. These people find themselves ridiculed, persecuted, ostracize, and yes lost the job and that is why these days in which we live are often called the Las Vegas for this popular religion of pluralism. The Bible calls it apostasy now reigning supreme for me tell you about the religion of pluralism that embraced by so many churchgoers that says that all cultures and therefore all religions are equal in value.
It says that all the founders of the religions are equal to the God of very God will become man, a very man. They equate the holy, sinless, perfect Jesus with those who have killed and maimed and establish their own religious movements. They equate the one who coexisted with the father before all creation, who existed from everlasting to everlasting. They confuse him with Confucius and Buddha and Krishna and the rest of them, but it's even worse than that on many of University campus in school campus today. True Christians are forbidden from meeting on these campuses, while other religious groups of all stripes, they receive preferential treatment. But you know what I say that's okay Michael what you mean.
Okay, I think it's okay because if you study history, you will discover that the Christian faith flourished under persecution persecution for itself the true from the false persecution separates the goats from the sheep and as it gets darker outside. It will be brighter in the heart of the believers will be brighter and among the remnant as it gets muddier in many a pooper today. The message of the truth must become clearer every single day. BIOS what is that truth listen carefully. Here's the truth. The truth is this the very baby who was born in Bethlehem of Judea. Over 2000 years ago had forever existed with God the father in the Godhead is the truth. The very embryo that supernaturally implanted in a virgin's womb is the very one who created all of the galaxies in the universe.
The truth is this the very Jesus who died on the cross and rose again on the third day is the only one who can deliver us from sin and shame and death.
The truth is this the very Jesus.
The people spat upon is the one who was set and judge every single human being that ever existed. Beloved. This is the heart of the faith weaken the heart or take out the heart, and you got nothing but dead corpse of religion and they're all over the place and that is why for thousands of years before Jesus was born of a virgin in Bethlehem of Judea. God announced his coming throughout the Scripture throughout the Scripture, just for the limitation of time where looking at only one verse and for messages Isaiah 96 LP founded by now and the last message I showed you why he was called the wonderful counselor and today I want to talk to about why Jesus was called mighty God in the next message I'm gonna tell you why he was called everlasting father, then we gonna look at why he alone could be called the Prince of peace and there is no peace in life and there is no peace in eternity without the Lord Jesus Christ. All four titles were given to Jesus 700 years before he was born of the Virgin Mary and all four are of vital importance, but in today's culture, perhaps there is none more important than him being called mighty God need to explain this to you. Isaiah, of all the names of God.
Isaiah chooses the name LDL Yahweh or Jehovah in English E. L. From which we get the word M and new deal. The word M means with in Hebrew and Newman's we are us ill, mighty God, the mighty God is with us and sometimes when you hear and read in the Bible says Beth L. That is the house of God, or Bethel, and on and on and on this name of God. L indicates his supernatural power. His supernatural might God has many names not only express his supernatural power. Like the word L question, what does it mean and why of all the names of God.
Isaiah chooses the name L 700 years to give to Jesus before he was born. It means that the same L who hung the sun and the moon and the stars in their orbits is the same L who told the storm of the Sea of Galilee to shut up in the storm says yes sir. It is means that is the same L who formed the ocean and put boundaries and you said you got so far and you can going to further without my permission is the same L who walked on water in front of his disciples.
It means that the same L who blew his breath on a handful of dust from the first human being popped up as the same L who told the dead than stinking body of Lazarus, out, and Lazarus walked out of the tomb, it means that the same L who said, let there be light and there the sun and the moon shone in their orbits is the same L who stood on the Mount of olives and said I am the light of the world. It means that the same L who rained manna from heaven upon the Israelites in the wilderness is the same L fed 5000 men plus women and children on five loaves and two fishes. It means that the same L, who parted the Red Sea supernaturally is the same L who hung on the cross to deliver us from the slavery of sin and addiction and shame. It means that the same L who snapped his fingers and he flooded the earth saving only righteous Noah and his family is the same L who said I am the way the truth and the life and no one no one no one can come to the father but by me.
It means that he is the same L who said to Moses, I am who I am is the same one who said to his disciples. I am the bread of life.
I am that way the truth and the life I am the light of the world.
I am the good shepherd. I am the door to the sheepfold. I am the true vine.
I am the resurrection and the life. God said she was not her 700 years before his birth, his name shall be called what why because the father and the son coexisted from everlasting to everlasting, but is a problem is a problem that I know most of you face. I know I face with some of my friends in and in this it really a modern day cultural problem.
It comes out of arrogance of our Western culture, and the question is, just because L, the God of power and might, came from heaven in the form of a man to reveal to us what God is like, does not mean that we mix them up with all the misfits in the and they go by Nixon and the deluded individuals who founded religious movements. That's the problem that's a problem. Not only that, but Jesus is the only one who ever lived his life without sin. None of the others pull that off. Jesus is the only one who raises the dead. None of the others could do that Jesus is the only one who was in total control of nature none of the others could do it. Jesus is the only one who healed the sick and infirm without a charge and without a fee. None of the others could do that Jesus is the only one who claimed to be God of very God because he said I am the father of one none of the others could proclaim that for that's reason why he is Jesus the only can he say that with me, Jesus and because he is Jesus the only is the only one who could redeem us from sin is the only one who can redeem us from guilt is the only one who can forgive us is the only one who can assure us of eternal life with him in heaven is the only one because none of the others could claim that or have claimed that. So please, please explain to me at why all these so-called Christian leaders are saying that all the roads lead to God that these Christian leaders. The misleading millions of people by telling them that all religion of the same. No wonder Isaiah the prophet 700 years before Jesus was born of a virgin in Bethlehem, said that his name shall be called what just in case I have failed to make my case that it is Jesus the only wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, Prince of peace. I want to share a few things with you about the uniqueness of Jesus and how tragic the people in churches confuse him with the others. I want to share some of his uniqueness. Mentally a few things about Jesus. Jesus the Christ is the only man who created his mama before she conceived him did you get that Jesus the Christ is the only perfect man who died to give us eternal life to all those sinners, who believe in him, Jesus the Christ is the only man who rose from the dead, never to die again, even the people that he raised from the dead. They all died. But Jesus rose from the dead, never to die again, Jesus the Christ is the only man who owned the whole universe and yet he lived in utter poverty to enrich his believers, Jesus the Christ is the only man who made all of the iron in the world and yet he allowed the nail of iron to peers his hands and his feet so that he might redeem everyone who would come to him confessing their sins. Believing that they can save themselves so that he might redeem them Jesus the Christ is the only one who made all of the forest and the trees and Nancy allowed to install the right to send this body to hang on a tree so that he might give eternal life to whomever will come to him seeking Jesus the Christ is the only sinless God man whoever lived.
Yet he died. The sin is death to pay for the punishment of the sins of everyone who would receive his forgiveness.
Isaiah said his name shall be called what all that. Maybe some of you here saying Michael that's well and good, or does that mean to me today what is that mean when I'm facing illness, disease or even death. What is it mean to me when I'm facing unbearable burdens and pressures in my work on my campus while glad you asked because I can't wait to tell you, give you the answer.
First of all, the very first thing you need to know people's most desperate need is not for pluralism or inclusivity or political correctness. Now that's a lie. Dig deep and you find that this is all the smokescreen they give you but you will discover that the message that the world and people in the world and was desperate to hear is that God loves them so much that he gave up heaven for their sake that God love them so much that he died on the cross for their sins. The world is desperate to hear that the mighty God is closer to them in their hands and feet.
The world needs to know they need to hear that the mighty God loves them with an everlasting love. The mighty God lovingly inviting them to repent of their sins, and to receive this gift of forgiveness and eternal life, that the mighty God is inviting them to surrender their will and their independence to his will pass the message that the world is desperate for world is desperate for his mercy and grace and peace. Isaiah said his name shall be called what well what about those who know Jesus. What about those who claim the Jesus is the Savior. What does this prophecy mean to us. It means that if you are living this life, as if Jesus might and power belong to some other time.
If you are saved by his power, but not leaving by that power, it means that if you are not experiencing the power of Almighty God, the power of our if you're living a defeated life. If you are living a victimized life. If you are living a life that is devoid of supernatural power. I have good news for you.
I have good news for you the same supernatural power conceived Jesus in the virgin's womb the same supernatural power that raised Jesus from the dead, the same supernatural power that saved you is the same supernatural power that can be yours to live in, and by day in and day out. A member on here I go even further. I got even further to tenderness and careful believers you are dishonoring God when you do not live in and through and by his mighty power.
Believers keep listening to me because if you're living a self-reliant life. If you are living a self-sufficient life.
If you are living a faith less life than you are denying by your life that you claim to have, and so I conclude where I began the reason millions of churchgoers today practice this new religion of pluralism is because they have never experienced the God of power and might and if you're one of them today can be the day to invite Al, the God of power and might, who came over 2000 years ago, whose birth we celebrate the season to come into your life, and he promised when you confess your sin and you confess him as Lord. He will be the Lord of your life's amazing for those who don't know Jesus when they are in a jam. They wanted to pray for them is an amazing to them. Prayer is like a genie they just granted my wish. You go to Eugenia asking to grandma wish I said none I don't try to the kind of a God.
I pray to the God of power and might and if he does a miracle in your life. It's because he wants you to come and believe in him.
L is inviting you today wherever you are, wherever you are is inviting you to come to him and live by his might, day in and day out. L is inviting you today to know him and the power of his resurrection. When you come to him when you come to him say he wants you to know that his power is limitless. His power is amazing is power is awesome. If you have never experienced Jesus the God of power and mark you can do that today and for you know Jesus you need to understand that L is might is greater than all of your problems is greater than all of your difficult circumstances. Greater than all of the impossibilities you're facing in life is greater than your illnesses and your diseases for his name is Mikey God thanks for listening to this message from Dr. Michael. You sat recently featured on leading the way. If you'd like to know more about us, please visit LTW.Ord@LTW.Ward