A Mighty God


Posted on December 13th, by Bloomington First Church in Pastor's Connection. Comments Off on A Mighty God

The second name that Isaiah uses to describe the divine nature of this “son to be given” (Isaiah 9:6b) is Mighty God. If this were the only name given for the “God in the flesh” child born to be Messiah, it would be enough! This name describes God’s attribute of omnipotence, all-powerful. This is the image of the powerful God we see in the Old Testament. Our imagination runs wild and our minds swim as we try to grasp the power of God’s creative word that spoke into existence matter from nothing. We are introduced to a God who saves a family and pairs of every living creature in a large boat, while at the same time, causing a flood that restarts his creation purposes. We see the power in ten miraculous “signs of grace” extended to the pharaoh of Egypt through a humble servant, Moses. Then the power of a sea parting, protection from enemies, quail for food, daily bread from heaven and water flowing out of a rock to meet the basic needs of a million people out in the wilderness. We are amazed at acts of power, both great and small, exercised through judges, kings and prophets: armies are demolished by a few; the dead are raised to life; fire falls from heaven; and God’s people are unified…if only for 80 years. As we step into the New Testament, God was saving his best for “just the right time”. During this Advent season, we try to grasp the power of God’s creative word once again, but this time in the virgin birth. Then consider the star guiding foreigners; shepherds as messengers; and God as a child in a manger. We see the power of God on full display in Jesus’ miracles, healings, compassion and command of nature. And then comes Good Friday and Easter. God’s grace manifested to all people on earth in the death and resurrection of his only Son. God’s complete power to defeat sin, death, hell, the grave and Satan himself, is on display. What power. What authority. What majesty. What Glory. No wonder the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest”! This is Mighty God…coming to us as a baby and growing up to be the Savior of the world! “Mighty God is He”! May God’s mighty hand be upon you this week. See you Sunday.  ~ PB





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