The Babe of Bethlehem
Ernest L. Easley
Isn't this a wonderful time of year? Don't you enjoy the Christmas season? I sure do. One of the good things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present!
All you have to do to have your Christmas spirit challenged is to spend time shopping in a Mall. A Christmas shopper's complaint is one of long-standing! But I enjoy about the Christmas season. I enjoy Christmas memories, Christmas music, Christmas parties, Christmas lights, Christmas clothes, Christmas trees, Christmas shopping, Christmas gifts, Christmas dinner.. Christmas smells, I like it all! But what I love most about Christmas has to do with a baby born in Bethlehem! And with six days to go before Christmas, it is that Babe of Bethlehem that I want to talk to you about today.
Take your Bible and turn to the old gospel prophet Isaiah and find chapter 9. Now what we are about to read was spoken over 700 years before the birth of Jesus. That's right! Over 700 years before the first Christmas morning.
Now you have your Bible opened to the OT prophet Isaiah. Look what he declared in 9.6-7, ''For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is giving; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.''
Understand something about the Word of God. What the Old Testament predicts the New Testament presents. The OT cries out, ''Someone is coming.'' The NT declares, ''Someone has come.'' And that ''someone'' is the Babe of Bethlehem!
Now in thinking about The Babe of Bethlehem, the first thing this OT prophet speaks about is ..
(1) The Invasion of Bethlehem's Babe.
It was ...
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