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A Great Light

December 6, 2020 | Isaiah 9:1-2,6-7 | christmas

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Understanding the true meaning of Christmas begins by understanding and admitting the darkness of our world. Not the darkness of winter’s short days, but the darkness of ignorance and evil, suffering and pain, fear and anxiety, dark despair and gloomy grief. These and more describe what the Bible means by “darkness.”

It’s not enough to recognize the darkness in our world, nor is it enough to think you can brighten it through your own good intentions and efforts. In fact, this is the very reality that the Light of Christmas reveals: That we not only live in a dark world, but we have a darkness in our souls that cannot be enlightened without a Light from outside ourselves, a Great Light that could overcome our soul’s darkness. In Isaiah 9, he encouraged the people of Israel with a Messianic prophecy of a Son who was to be born as a great light that would overcome the world’s darkness. We can believe that the great Light that overcomes the world’s darkness has come in the person of Jesus.

Unwrapping the Son

December 2, 2018 | Isaiah 9:1-7 | christmas

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Some of us like to give hints to see if the recipient of our gift can guess what’s inside. It builds the anticipation. That’s what God did. Centuries before offering us the gift of His Son, Jesus, He gave “hints” to the prophets of Israel concerning the coming of the Messiah. One of those prophets was Isaiah. God gave Isaiah many of the over 300 Messianic prophecies found in the Old Testament.

In Isaiah 9, God gave him a Messianic prophecy of a promised Son that would be given. We can recognize that Jesus is the promised Son that would be given. He is the Son of God given unto us.


December 4, 2016 | Isaiah 9:1-7 | christmas, movies, popular culture

Elf is a classic because of the redemptive Christmas themes found in its story. Themes like: a baby boy that gets adopted, an otherworldly young man whose love and innocence cause him not to fit it anywhere, and a man named Walter who is on the “naughty list” and rejects his son. In the movie, Walter’s priorities are upside down, he puts his job and position ahead of his wife and kids, and he is angry and miserable. The story is really about Walter’s redemption by accepting his son.

The prophet Isaiah wrote of a Son that would be given to humanity that would be the Messiah bringing light to a sin-darkened world and establishing an eternal kingdom of peace in a world filled with chaos and brokenness. We can recognize and receive Jesus as this Son that was given to us to bring us out of darkness and into His kingdom of peace and light.

Spend Less

December 15, 2013 | Isaiah 55:1-7 | advent conspiracy, christmas

Pastor Gary Combs continues the Advent Conspiracy 2013 sermon series. This message from Isaiah 55:1-7 challenges us to spend less on Christmas so we can be more satisfied in the person of Christ

Why Spend for Unsatisfying Things?

December 11, 2011 | Isaiah 55:1-7 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs continues the NOEL series with this message from Isaiah. Isaiah told the people of Israel that they should stop spending so much on that which doesn’t satisfy and start spending their lives looking for the coming Son of David, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone could satisfy all of their needs. We can start spending less at Christmas on that which doesn’t satisfy, so that we can worship fully, give more and love more.

Everlasting Father

December 19, 2010 | Isaiah 9:6-7 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs continues the Unto Us series with the third Messianic title from Isaiah 9:6, “Everlasting Father.”

Mighty God

December 12, 2010 | Isaiah 9:6-7 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs continues his 4-week series on the four titles given to Christ found in Isaiah 9:6. This message is entitled “Mighty God.”

Wonderful Counselor

December 5, 2010 | Isaiah 9:6-7 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs begins a new series for the Christmas season entitled “Unto Us.” The messages are from the four titles ascribed to Christ found in Isaiah 9:6. This first message answers the question “Why Christ’s counsel is so wonderful.”

Spend Less

December 13, 2009 | Isaiah 55:1-7 | christmas

Part two of the Advent Conspiracy series.