A Child Is Born, A Son Is Given (Isa. 8:21-9:7)

Addressing the people of Israel, the prophet Isaiah rightly foretold of God’s impending judgment coming against the nation. They were to be destroyed, ripped out of their homeland, and forced into exile, “thrust into thick darkness” (Isa. 8:22). Yet this darkness ultimately was not referring to their physical exile but their spiritual exile, their separation from God because of their sin. This is the plight of all humanity: “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Rom. 1:21). It is this darkness that God promised to one day overcome by the light of his Son, Jesus. In this sermon, Pastor Matt expounds the beautiful prophecy of the child to be born, the Son to be given, in order to show that Christ Jesus is the light of the world and that whoever believes in him will not remain in darkness (John 12:46).