The Messianic Hope
In the 8th century BC, things were going miserably for the people of Judah. Though still pretending to serve the LORD their God, the truth was that their land was full of idols, their leaders were behaving like children, the moral fabric of their society was falling apart, and the threat of a dreadful invading power was moving swiftly toward them out of the north. Sensing that they were unable to save themselves, these people (as all people do), were looking for a savior.
That's when the prophet Isaiah saw Him. "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever." (Isaiah 9:6-7)
This hope of a promised Savior King is the Messianic Hope, and that's the great theme of this Spring's Bible Study at Haynes Creek Church (Friday's at 10:30 a.m.). As Christians, it is our belief and witness to the world that the Savior whom Isaiah foresaw so long ago has now come to our world, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. In the 21st century AD, we still need that hope (don't we?) Thankfully, that hope is still very much alive in the crucified and risen Son of God, as among all those throughout the world who call upon His name.
For more information on the Isaiah Bible Study, contact Pastor Jeff Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.