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A Son is Born; a Son is Given

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Christmas Sermons

A Sermon on Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (ESV)

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Do you wonder at times if you can trust God and his promises? Christmas tells you, “Yes! You can!” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches us in this text from Isaiah 9:6 that we must think more highly of the gift of Christ we are given from the Father. A gift tells us about the one who gives as well as the one who receives. When we consider the greatness of God giving us his Son, we understand three things. First, we must make much of God and not only Christ; the giver is as great as the gift. Second, we must be in very great need if we are given so costly a gift. Finally, our response must be one of amazement, gratitude, and praise. God loves us so much that he gave us the greatest gift that could be given! Hold fast to that when you struggle to trust God’s promises. Christmas is the guarantee that we can trust God’s goodness.

Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 9:6, New American Standard Bible

6For 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.

Isaiah 9:6, King James Version

6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.