For Unto Us A Child Is Born

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“For 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” (Isaiah 9:6).


Pastor Vince gave an enlightening message yesterday in which he expanded on the passage above. This is the season when followers of Jesus focus on the prophecy and the implications of the child born in the City of David two thousand years ago.

One event in the life of this child that is born to us did tells us much of the fulfilment Isaiah’s prophecy. When Jesus was twelve years old (a year short of is Jewish age of majority) He accompanied Joseph and his mother to Jerusalem for the Passover.

Luke gives us some details in Chapter 2:

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

He will be called “wonderful” – filled with wonders – and here we find a child (yes, unto us a child is born) conversing with the teachers of the temple giving answers to their questions that “amazed” them, and “astonished” Mary and Joseph. That is wonder! Not only that, but his understanding showed Him to be a “counsellor.”

The account ends with Jesus pronouncing that He was in His Father’s house – The House of God – making Him “a Son given” and heir to God. Fulfilled is the prophecy that he is “mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” He is more that just a babe in a manger!


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Tumbling Walls

Wall, Brick, Fragment, Broken Wall

Some placed faith in things made by hand

As Joshua and the Israel’s children entered the land

Behind walls made of stone

They thought, “surely I’m safe at home”

But God, not idols or masonry deep

Would the victory win and keep

And with a mighty stomp and shout

Jericho fell without a doubt


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Martyr

Stained Glass, Man, Holy, André

Herod
By lust driven
On a tray of silver
The martyred John the baptist’s head
Displayed
Mob rule
Shouts and vile threats
Anger overflowing
Led to showers of stones killing
Stephen
By sword
James too perished
Herod’s act cynical
Political favour to win
Through sin
Pilate
Dirty hands washed
He too a crowd to still
Knowing not that Messiah, he
Did kill


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Not Alone

Story of Gideon Images, Mighty Man of Valor

Jerub-Baal, Midian to defeat

Was told his army he must decrease

He sent away all who in heart did faint

But the numbers were still to large

He was to show even more restraint

And so he cut his forces to the core

A mere three hundred – not one more

And with this tiny band

It was God’s victory that was at hand

We too may face opposition strong

But if you feel alone – you are so wrong

For if the Lord is with you

And takes up the fight

You shall prevail through His might


Reflections on Judges 7

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Samson

Jesus, Christ, God, Holy, Spirit, Bible
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Judge Samson by his lusts was led
Took a Philistine to his bed
Her intent – his power to shed
Hair of his head, Hair of his head

They cut the thick locks from his head
Power gone – he was weak instead
But the temple where he was led
Collapsed on heads, Collapsed on heads


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Before Felix: Acts Poem 24

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Before Felix – Paul pled his case

Revealing the accusations

Were not the case

For the temple he did not defile

But he merely worshiped as was his style

But the leaders a riot incited

Because their hearts were benighted

And the governor – who knew the Way

Deferred judgement for some other day


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Acts Poem 24 from chapter 24.

Corinth: Acts Poem 18

Circus, Tent, Flag, Small, Fun, Circus
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Aquila exiled from Italy

The result of imperial decree

With Pricilla, his wife to Hellas’ isthmus did flee

To practice their industry

Leather workers and makers of tents by trade

This was their daily labour

And serving Jesus their Saviour

Now Paul the Apostle, a tentmaker too

Came to them to work and stay

And together they answered the Lord’s call

Teaching Jews and Gentiles all


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Acts poem 18 for Acts 18.

Council: Acts Poem 15

James the Just, whose judgment was adopted in the Apostolic Decree of Acts 15:19–29, Public Domain

In Jerusalem a council held

Important decisions to be made

Apostles and elders gathered there

To discuss who should be saved

It was in a sense a task redundant

As it was a call the Spirit had already made

As Paul had baptised Gentiles of faith

And Peter too with Cornelius a foundation laid

And so circumcision of the flesh was not a requirement given

For the circumcision of the heart

Was all that’s needed to enter Heaven

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Poem 15 from Acts 15 for February’s Acts Poems

As Christians Named: Acts Poem 11

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Persecution of the church in Jerusalem

Driving out believers by the pain

But this was not the end, but only a start

For they carried the gospel on their lips and heart

Into Asia: in Antioch and Tarsus

New churches were planted and grew

An it was in Antioch that a name was coined

And it was as “Christian” that people of them knew


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Acts poem 11 based on Acts 11 for February.

Holy Spirit’s Gleaning: Acts Poem 10

Soldier, Roman, Centurion, Warrior, Ancient
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Cornelius was a man of authority

A true leader of men

A centurion from Italy

An officer and a gentile-man

He had a spirit generous

And on serving God he was intent

An angel appeared and instructed him

A message to Simon Peter was to be sent

Though reluctant to heed the call

Peter too a vision received

Of unclean things he was to dine

An image that left him grieved

The Lord assured him all was made clean

And Peter took its meaning

And so to the Roman he set off

To witness the Holy Spirit’s harvest gleaning


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Poem 10 based on Acts 10 for February Acts Poems.