by Jeff Strite

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Mighty God, Everlasting Father (2 of 2)
Series: His Name Is Wonderful
Jeff Strite
Isaiah 9:1-7

OPEN: Steve Harvey - ''Introducing Jesus''
(found on godtube at this address:

APPLY: When I first heard about this video I didn't know what to expect. A comedian introducing Jesus??? I thoroughly expected him to get the audience to laugh AT Jesus. But instead of laughing at Jesus, here's a famous comedian praising Jesus in a public performance.

Now, just as matter of full disclosure, I looked up some of Mr. Harvey's other performances on the internet, and he probably isn't what we'd call a Godly man. But at this point in his career, Steve Harvey stood up for Jesus, and publicly worshiped God. In fact, he finished his act in a way that brought the entire audience on its feet in applause of Christ.

The folks in his audience hadn't come to hear a sermon.
And many of them may not have been Christian.
But there was something in what this man said that spoke to them.
There was something about the message of Jesus that made them cheer.

About 700 years before Jesus was born another speaker - the prophet Isaiah - ''introduced Jesus'' in much the same way.
There was something in Isaiah's words that spoke to his people.
There was something in the message of this Child that was to be Born, this Son that was given, that gave Israel a reason to cheer.

''For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'' Isaiah 9:6

Many in Isaiah's audience were not Godly people.
In fact, the nation of Israel had messed up so badly, that God was bringing the nation of Assyria down upon them to punish them.

They were walking in darkness - in the shadow of death - because they'd abandoned God.
And it was to this audience (who walked in darkness) that Go ...

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