Pastor Vince spoke on Isaiah 9:6 ” For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” today.   This child, bringer and ruler of peace, a counselor and reconciler of our needs, and governor of our lives and burdens, is named in Matthew 1:16 as Yeshua (Jesus) “God (Yah) saves.”  This was the purpose of the coming of “this child” in Isaiah.  To Save! To do this He came to Earth.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . .The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1-5; 14).” He was indeed Emmanuel “God with us”  (Matthew 1:23). 

This God with us offers each of us the deliverance of our burdens (Matthew 11:28), our strife (Isaiah 9:6) and our mental turmoil.  What could be a cleared answer to David’s prayer in Psalm 143: “Lord, hear my prayer [Councillor], listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief [On your shoulders]. Do not bring your servant into judgment, or no one living is righteous before you. The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead.So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed [I need a saviour]. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you [mighty God]; I thirst for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love [Prince of Peace], for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies [Saviour], Lord, for I hide myself in you [Emmanuel]. Teach me to do your will [Councillor], for you are my God [Mighty God]; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life [Saviour]; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In your unfailing love, silence my enemies [Prince of Peace]; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.”



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