Bible Chapter: Isaiah 9

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Isaiah’s Redemptive Imagination, Part 1

We are inspired and instructed by the redemptive vision of Isaiah as we seek to live under the authority of the one who is our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The more we let this vision shape how we think, feel, and live, the more we’ll be ready for God to energize our redemptive imaginations in specific ways so that we might participate in God’s redeeming work in the world.

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Where is This Stupendous Stranger?

How could the God who created heaven and earth be the God who lies in a manger? How could our Redeemer be a tiny baby? In fact, how could his being a tiny baby—experiencing everything in life that we experience, yet without sin—be part of what makes him our Redeemer? No matter how many words I say about this marvelous fact, they all fall short of explaining it.

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Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Jesus makes God known to us in many different ways. Through Jesus we can receive God’s counsel and benefit from God’s might.

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