The Promised Joy

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Text: Isaiah 9:1-7
We have reasons to rejoice.
Despite the impending darkness faced by the people of Israel because of the judgment of the Lord, the faithful remnant has hope.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit and by the grace of the Lord, Isaiah is given a vision of a people who have an incredible reason to rejoice.  Isaiah is able to see beyond the wall of darkness that is approaching him and his people to the light that shines beyond.  He sees a people who once again enjoy the presence of the Lord among them and the Lord’s presence takes on an unexpected form: a baby.  Because of his presence in our lives and his sacrifice for us we have great reasons to rejoice.