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An Incredible Baby Boy!

December 19, 2012

Wednesday of Advent Three                          Trinity Lutheran Church

19 December 2012                                       Murdock, NE

 

+Jesu Juva +

 

Isaiah 9:1-7 / Part Two:  “Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”

 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” 

 

Yes indeed!  We’ve been rejoicing in the gift of the Baby Boy Jesus.  Given to us!  As Wonderful Counselor!  That was last week!  

 

More rejoicing tonight in Baby Boy Jesus! 

 

For He is the “Mighty God!” Literally in the Hebrew:  El-Gibbor or the Conquering Hero God!  That’s Jesus!  That’s the Baby who clings to Mary and who sleeps in her lap!  That’s the El-Gibbor God on the earth!  Don’t go looking anywhere else!  You won’t find Him anywhere but at Mary’s lap taking a snooze before He’s ready for another feeding and diaper change! 

 

El-Gibbor Jesus!  Emphasis is on the divine power and divine might!  The omnipotent eternal muscles of God Himself are flexed in this little Boy who wets His diapers and relies on Mary to feed Him!  And yet there is more power in the little finger of this Baby than all the atomic weapons the United States can explode at one time! 

 

But this El-Gibbor, Mighty God Baby is not into that kind of power!  Not bombs or armies!  His power is revealed in defenselessness!  Helplessness!  Powerlessness! His El-Gibbor Mighty God omnipotence is made perfect is weakness! 

 

Behold El-Gibbor Mighty God Jesus in the vulnerability of the manger and the incredible impotence of the cross!  These are His twin thrones in the world!  El-Gibbor Mighty God Jesus only has the poverty of a manger for His bed and the throne of a pole from which He was hung, abandoned and denied by His followers! 

 

Would you call that a Mighty God in action?  Of course not!  But that’s how He does it!  He does Might God stuff His way, not our way! 

 

It is only through the hardship of Bethlehem’s manger and the distress of His hanging from Good Friday’s cross that El-Gibbor Jesus does an all out assault and wages the mother of all wars against your bitter enemies!  In the utter defenselessness of His birth and His death He unleashes all His power against all your sin, death, Satan and the gates of hell!  Christmas and Good Friday!  El-Gibbor Jesus unloads all of His salvific power just for you! 

 

The Baby Boy, the child that is born, the son that is given to you is also given the name, “Everlasting Father.”  This is the title of royalty!  Kings in the ancient world claimed to be “fathers” to their people – and even to their slaves!  However, their “fatherhood” was always and only temporal.  And at times quite harsh and oppressive!  We have seen and still see many distortions and abuses of fatherhood in our day:  Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Kim Jong-un, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and others!  Perhaps you’ve personally been hurt in some way by your own flesh and blood father. 

 

But here in this Child, this little Boy born of the Virgin, is the Everlasting Father! 

 

So that there are no misunderstandings here Isaiah is not speaking about God according to His persons when He calls the child “Everlasting Father.”  Isaiah, with this title, is not referring to Jesus as the “Father” in the Holy Trinity.  Again, Isaiah uses this term to describe how Jesus will be the Messiah or Savior for His people!  He will be a father to them!  He will take care of them!  Provide for them!  Protect them!  Save them! 

 

And this is precisely what Jesus does.  Do you remember the account of the parents who kept bringing their little ones to Jesus so that He would bless them?  The disciples were offended!  No need to waste the Lord’s time with infants and toddlers!  Jesus, however, sternly rebuked the disciples!  “I’ve come for them too you idiots!  The kingdom of God is for them as well as for adults!  Don’t keep them away from Me!  I tell you the truth.  Unless you do not receive the kingdom of God like a little child you won’t be able to get in!”    He is father even to these little ones!  And to you! 

 

Quite humbling!  Hard for us to hear!  Fathered by this little Baby?  Taken care of by Him?  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  He fathers you most by laying down His life and giving it into death for your salvation!  So that now you are called the children of God! 

 

The final title is “Prince of Peace.”  Incredible!  Literally in the Hebrew it is sar shalom or Prince of Shalom!  The Baby Boy Jesus is God’s peace on the earth and God’s good and gracious will for sinners!  That’s why the angels sing at His birth:  “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests,” (Luke 2:14).  “Peace be with you” is what the crucified but risen Jesus proclaimed to His fear-filled disciples in the upper room that first Easter evening!  The birth of Jesus brings and gives peace.  “Not as the world gives” peace but the peace of God – the forgiveness of sins purchased by His shed Blood! 

 

Peace!  You have peace with God through this Baby, His Son born of the Virgin Mary! 

 

There is more peace in the world through a single sentence of the preached Gospel proclaimed by a pastor or any Christian.  So run, don’t walk to the spoken Word of forgiveness that is preached and proclaimed Sunday after Sunday, to the life-giving and life-changing water of Holy Baptism, and to the death defying and death defeating Body and Blood of Jesus in the Lord’s Supper! 

 

Isaiah’s prophecy has been fulfilled.  The Child is born!  And what a wonder of a Child He is!  A Wonderful Counselor!  Mighty God!  Everlasting Father!  Prince of Peace! 

 

To you this child is born!  For you this Son is given!  He is Jesus!  Your Counselor, Your Mighty God, a Father to you, and your Prince who gives you peace in His Word of forgiveness won for you at the Cross!

 

Have a Happy Christmas!

 

In the Name of Jesus! 

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