by Rick White

The Weight of the World
Rick White
Isaiah 9:6-7

Message Truth: The weight of the world is on the shoulders of Jesus Christ, not our own. Isa. 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of {His} government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Introduction: Brenda Roberts of Stone Mountain, Ga. was reading the story of Jesus' birth to her day-care children one morning. As usual, she stopped to see if they understood. "What do we call the three wise men?' she asked. "The three maggots," replied a bright 5-year old. "What gift did the Magi bring baby Jesus?" she corrected. "Gold, Frankensteins and smurfs!" the same 5-year old replied. There is no other season of the year like Christmas.

Christmas always begins early for me, usually by mid-summer when I began to gather thoughts, sermon material, and illustrations for Christmas preaching. This year I was especially ministered to by the pen of Thomas Tewell, pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City for his thoughts behind the The Weight of the World.

In front of the International Building at 630 Fifth Avenue you will find the statue of Atlas, the strongest man in the world. As you look at that statue, you will see that he is a handsomely proportioned man with enormous shoulders, rippling muscles, and bulging thighs. But he is weighted down for the is bearing the weight of all the would on his shoulders.

Our society is filled to overflowing with people who feel they are bearing the entire weight of the world on their shoulders. I think particularly today of the President of the United States and other wor ...

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