A Christmas Carol | O Come Emmanuel | Jeremey King

Pastor Jeremey King

December 1, 2019

Confession:

Lord Jesus, you asked us to wait and watch with you. Each year we pause and celebrate your birth, but we often let the busyness of the season make our hearts sleepy. We confess that we forget to be watchful for what you are doing in the world today. Forgive us and remind us again that you are Emmanuel, God with us. Amen.

Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

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Discussion Questions:

•Describe a time when you waited in anticipation for something or someone to arrive.

•Read Isaiah 9:2-7. What promises in this passage can you already see at work in your life or in the world through Jesus’ first coming?

•Read Isaiah 11:1-10. What do you learn about the Messiah from these verses? How will the attributes of the Messiah help you as you represent him in your community and spheres of influence?

•As you prepare your heart for Christmas, do these passages inspire you to do anything differently this year?