It is hard for me to think about the might and power of God without thinking about the heavens. How about you? One of my favorite sights is a new moon night sky high up in some Colorado wilderness. I think of Isaiah 40:25-26 in which the Lord says to us, "'To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?' says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing." It is fascinating to me that the Lord encourages us to go out and look at the stars and remember that He put them in place when we feel discouraged or weary or forgotten by God. Reading on in Isaiah 40 we come to those familiar words, "The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Are you familiar with those words?
What is truly a help and comfort to us is that God's strength and power are available to us! So this week, let's think about Jesus being Mighty God to us; there is more to it than simply a recognition of His Deity! Read Isaiah 9:6 (Do you have it memorized yet?!) and use the questions below to help you think slowly about this marvelous truth about our Lord and Savior, Jesus!
1. What is the history-altering reality expressed in the first line of verse 6 and this title, Mighty God?
2. Isaiah prophesied that when people encountered Jesus they would discover something about Him that would lead them to exclaim that He is "Mighty God!" What events in Jesus' life do you think would have led people to call Him "Mighty God"?
3. Take a moment and consider some of the passages below (they may well be the record of some of events you thought of in question 2 above!).
* John 2:6-11
* Mark 6:35-44 (8:1-9)
* Luke 5: 4-11
* Mark 4:35-41
* Matthew 14:22-33
* Mark 5:1-13
* Mark 1:32-34; 6:53-56
* John 11:17, 38-44
* Which of these events do you think would have compelled you to believe that Jesus was no mere man but Mighty God?
4. As the truth about Jesus settled into the minds and hearts of the apostles and as they had time to reflect on His coming they made some amazing statements about Him. What do the following passages teach us about who Jesus is and what He did and does?
* John 1:1-4, 10-14
* Colossians 1:15-17
* Hebrews 1:1-3
* What did you learn?
5. Jesus is Mighty God for us. Consider these promises.
* John 14:12-14
* John 15:5, 7-8
* John 15:16; 16:23-24
* Mark 11:22-25
* Romans 8:32
* Philippians 4:13
* Ephesians 1:19-20 (note context beginning at verse 15)
6. People, Isaiah said, would exclaim that Jesus is Mighty God by an encounter with Him. How have you encountered Him as Mighty God? What has He powerfully done for you?
7. If Jesus were to give you a Christmas gift of His powerful touch, what would you like to see Him do for you?
8. What do you think the Lord would have you take away from this meditation?
God be with you, and I hope to see you on Sunday!