“His Name Will Be Called . . . Mighty God”

I was working in my garage with my son, using my shoplight, and it was very helpful in an overcast day, as we cut wooden boards for a shelf. Then the radial arm saw got stuck on a board as I was feeding it through, and the resulting power surge tripped the breaker. Suddenly we were in the dark. Completely. My son said, “Dad, why don’t you turn the lights back on?” I tried explaining the concept of how I couldn’t and we would need to reset the breaker, but gave up after he asked, “Why don’t you turn the light back on?” a second time. I took him with me and we reset the breaker, and this time I cut the board more carefully so we would not be without light and power.

Lights are great, and we benefit greatly from their light. We depend on them nightly. But they are only good if they are connected to the power source. I’ll come back to this.

Is 9:6 tells us what about God? (Read it if you have time)

God is a Mighty God. The word for “mighty” is gibor hiyel a word that doesn’t just mean physical “strength, strong, powerful,” but “Hero, heroic force, Hero Who saves,” (HALOT, s.v.). It is like “valiant,” “Hero, champion.” In the Old Testament these types were Samson, David vs Goliath, Gideon and his men.

Sometimes as Christians we try to pretend we are mighty without God, consciously or unconsciously. Like my 18 month old son, who likes to touch his older brothers’ faces with his hardest wanna-be-punch and they play along, falling down on the floor. He feels mighty and laughs.

It is very important for us as Christians to understand that in God, the God of the Bible, we have a mighty God. He is indeed very powerful, and more powerful than any other person or thing in this universe.

GOD IS A MIGHTY CHAMPION GOD, POWERFUL ENOUGH FOR WHATEVER HIS PEOPLE NEED, TO DELIVER THEM. Look with me at some examples of God as Mighty God

God is the greatest of those champions in His character and His actions

It was Mighty God who delivered His people from the world superpower, Egypt using plagues, a pillar of fire, tidal waves in the Red Sea after dividing it. It was Mighty God who told Joshua and Israel to circle Jericho for 7 days and God finally brought down the defenses. It was Mighty God who whittled down Gideon’s army to a few hundred and gave them victory against Midian, as Isaiah 6:4 references.

This Mighty God is way bigger than any of your problems. 

But this passage isn’t just talking about Mighty God, Elohim, Yahweh of the OT

It is talking about the coming Messiah

(Read v. 1-6)

Who specifically is being described here? Isaiah 9 is prophesying the coming of Whom? It tells us that the Messiah will be the same Mighty God!

The Bible tells us God the Son became humanity for us, Jesus Christ is His Name.

This revelation of the Messiah’s divinity here adds a whole new layer to who He will be, in the minds of Isaiah’s audience. They read it like “What? God Himself will come and save us?” God exceeded His peoples’ expectations and prayers for a Messiah, by God Himself appearing as their Savior.

To get a picture of what this must have felt like, it would be like going to see your local high school boys team play basketball, and they announce 10 minutes before the game starts that the Chicago Bulls will be playing in their place. You would be so excited, you would be texting your friends, calling, reserving seats, taking pictures, and all because someone greater than who you expected was going to arrive!

Isaiah said it here, that this man, Messiah, will be, not mighty man, but mighty God!

“He has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.”

Jesus of Nazareth, grew up in Galilee, Nazareth, and for 30 years everyone saw who they thought was Joseph’s boy helping out at the local Menards. Joseph and Mary of Galilee ran the carpenter shop, they were raising God’s only Son-the Mighty God. He was the greatest light that ever walked the face of the earth. John 5:39-40, Jesus said, “39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”

John 10:30, Jesus claimed to be God, “I and the Father are One,” and the Jews knew it because they picked up stones to stone him for blasphemy.

Many have said “Jesus was a good teacher.” Either He is a good teacher, and God, or a bad teacher, because He definitely claimed to be God.

Jesus proved He was not just 100% man, but 100% Mighty God, powerful in many ways.

Jesus as Mighty God healed people who were blind, people who were deaf, people who whose arms and legs were broken, handicapped people, a woman with severe psychological problems.

As Creator God, all things were made by Him and for Him, and He who made it all with His voice has authority to be Mighty in Your life today with just a word!

WATCH HOW MIGHTY HE IS, AS JESUS . . .

He Told the Storm “peace be still” and it was quiet;

told the fish to give Peter a coin when he hooked its mouth and Peter had his taxes paid because he went fishing with Jesus (this doesn’t always work)

told the fishermen where to throw their nets and they had so many fish that the nets were breaking;

told the crippled man to take up his mat and walk and he leaped to his feet!

Told Satan not to put Him to the test, and the Devil fled from His presence!

Told the demons to shut up, get up, and get out of the people they were torturing, and they obeyed, because of the Mighty God, Jesus Christ!

Jesus told Peter James and John who He was and revealed His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration!      They saw the same person and same glory Isaiah saw when he said, “Woe is me!”

Peter James and John, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Moses, they all were changed for the rest of their lives because they realized what you and I need to realize, that our God is a MIGHTY GOD!

Jesus has power over sickness, power over Satan, power over death, and power over poverty.

Jesus has power over death, He shut down the Jerusalem funeral home, because He was mighty God: Jesus raised the widow of Nain’s only son from the dead up in Galilee, raised Mary and Martha’s only brother Lazarus down by Jerusalem, and raised the Synagogue Ruler Jairus’ only little girl

Jesus has power to solver every welfare problem, He did it in Jerusalem, as he fed 5,000 men (total of probably 10-15,000 or more, counting women and children), and fed another 4,000 men (total of probably 10,000). After the resurrection, Jesus commanded His disciples to cast their nets and they caught 153 fish at once!

Jesus said “Let the children come to ME!” Jesus LOVES THE POOR!

Jesus was powerful enough to leave no child behind, and to make a change we could all believe in. This should give you hope! There is power available for all who will believe in and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. That baby we’re celebrating is in fact Mighty and Powerful God.

HE WAS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SAY, “DESTROY THIS TEMPLE AND IN THREE DAYS I WILL REBUILD IT!”

He fixed what was lost at the tree of Eden,

paid for all sin and God’s wrath on the tree of Calvary,

and one day with all power will create a new heaven and new earth, and reveal the tree of life whose leaves bring healing for all the nations.

Jesus is Mighty God.

WHAT’S MY MAIN POINT ? WHAT’S the main bag I’m trying to blow my hot air into, it’s this: If get nothing else, get this,

JESUS IS MIGHTY GOD, POWERFUL

God saw you were lonely, lost, hopeless, and worse than you realized, and the Bible says “God demonstrates His love for us in this, while we were sinners, Christ died for us.”

The Bible says “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

Listen to the words of this awesome hymn, “The Power of the Cross”

“Oh, to see the dawn Of the darkest day: Christ on the road to Calvary. Tried by sinful men, Torn and beaten, then Nailed to a cross of wood. CHORUS: This, the pow’r of the cross: Christ became sin for us; Took the blame, bore the wrath—We stand forgiven at the cross. Oh, to see the pain Written on Your face,Bearing the awesome weight of sin. Ev’ry bitter thought, Ev’ry evil deed Crowning Your bloodstained brow. Now the daylight flees; Now the ground beneath Quakes as its Maker bows His head. Curtain torn in two, Dead are raised to life; “Finished!” the vict’ry cry. Oh, to see my name Written in the wounds, For through Your suffering I am free. Death is crushed to death; Life is mine to live, Won through Your selfless love. FINAL CHORUS:

This, the pow’r of the cross: Son of God—slain for us. What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross.” 

So, getting back to the light, what are you going to do? Depend on Him and plug in? Or remain unplugged and powerless?

I have seen Jesus Christ as powerful in my own life. I know He saved me from a lot of sin. He saves me from sin. I am not the most righteous, holy, just, pure, Godly person I know. Many of you probably have more righteousness and good works than I’ll ever have, and I’ve been trying my best for a long time, serving faithfully as a pastor. But I have all the righteousness, holiness, justness, purity, and Godliness I will need for eternity in Jesus Christ, my Mighty God!

John Newton used to say, at the end of his life, when his memory was gone, he could not see anymore because he was blind, and people said he was too old to preach. He said, “I remember two things! I am a great sinner, but Jesus is a great Savior!”

He is mighty AND POWERFUL.

in My life I seek thrills, action, challenges, fast motors. One way I am seeking God as Mighty God is to find my passion for thrills and excitement in Him and the adventure of living by faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus is my peace, my joy, has blessed me with a beautiful wife and 4 beautiful children and a beautiful family. He gives me power to have the fruit of the Spirit, and to let the Spirit live through me and bless others.

One problem sometimes is when Christians say He is Mighty, but don’t act like it. They don’t really believe it. Let’s act like we serve a God who is bigger than our problems.

Jesus said, “come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus can bear your burdens

Jesus is the one Paul talked about when he said, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus,” Jesus is the Mighty God, He can bless your bills (Phil 4)

Jesus said in Luke 4, He came to “proclaim good news to the poor, liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” Jesus can break your chains of addiction, anger, lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh

Jesus, Mighty God, is bigger and more powerful than all your problems.

We need to spend time with Him, in prayer and reading how to experience God and His power to find our fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-12 tells me that God’s grace has given us power over death, and power over practicing the wrong things, “for the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people, training us to renounce all ungodliness and worldly passion, and to live self-controlled, just, and godly lives in the present age”

ACTS 13, Paul was preaching about Jesus, and said, “and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything.” You don’t have to feel guilty about sin He has forgiven! Jesus is powerful enough to give freedom from sin.

You can live free without worry, because Jesus said God provides for birds and flowers, and you will have food and clothes if you just seek Jesus Christ’s kingdom!

Get on board with the Mighty God’s mission: He said, ““All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth, go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

I have written a lot here about Mighty God, our Messiah, Jesus Christ. The question is, are you going to plug into Him Who is at the right hand of the throne of God and be a light? One day we will all stand before His throne, and see just how Mighty Jesus really is.

I urge you if you have not done so, reader, to repent and give Him everything, not holding back. No “partial plugging in.”

Some people object, asking, “If God is so mighty, why is there evil in the world?” I would reply, “Who said there was such a thing as evil if God did not say it?”

Then someone might ask, “But if God is good, and Mighty, how can a good God stand by and let all this evil happen?” I would respond, “God knows the world has evil, and that we live in a fallen universe. That’s why He did something about it and sent His only Son to die on the cross for all the evil and sin of mankind, so that all who believe in Him would experience His power as they are saved from their evil and sin.”

I hope this Christmas all who read this are plugged into our Mighty God, Jesus Christ.

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