Today I’m going to review the second sermon from the Advent series we’ve worked through at Cross Community Church: The HOW of Advent, rooted in Isaiah 9:6…
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”
Some have claimed this verse represents what is called a “tautology,” which means using needless repetition to repeat the same idea. But as we will clearly see, this Word from God is no tautology, but rather the emphatic truth of The HOW of Advent. In the birth of Christ, we see the glorious fulfillment of divine promise.
1st statement – Unto us a child is born . . .
As a child in His human nature, Jesus was truly born, just like any other person who has ever lived. To be sure, He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, but in His humanity Jesus is a child born unto us, a fact which is fully established.
Prophecy – Genesis 3:15
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.
Fulfillment – Galatians 4:4
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law.
2nd statement – Unto us a son is given…
As Jesus Christ is God’s Son, he is not only born, but also given to us. Jesus is begotten of His Father from before all creation—begotten, not made, being of the same substance with the Father.
Charles Spurgeon wrote:
The doctrine of the eternal affiliation of Christ is to be received as an undoubted truth of our holy religion. But as to any explanation of it, no man should venture thereon, for it remaineth among the deep things of God—one of those solemn mysteries indeed, into which the angels dare not look, nor do they desire to pry into it—a mystery which we must not attempt to fathom, for it is utterly beyond the grasp of any finite being. As well might a gnat seek to drink in the ocean, as a finite creature to comprehend the Eternal God. A God whom we could understand would be no God. If we could grasp him he could not be infinite, if we could understand him, then were he not divine.
Jesus was not born into this world as God’s son, but He was freely given as the One who would save His people from their sins. This distinction clearly sets forth a difference containing within it a great truth.
Prophecy – Psalm 2:7
I will tell of the decree: the Lord said to me, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.”
Fulfillment – Matthew 3:17
A voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
That great prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon made it clear that we cannot plumb the depths of this great mysterious truth of The HOW of Advent. The wisest thing we can do is embrace the truth of Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever.”
Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. Is it true for you today? Have you received this truth as your only hope of salvation and eternal life?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!