To the people in Isaiah’s time, it was a time of great national distress, and they were finding it hard to believe that God had not abandoned them. Maybe some of us can relate. In the midst of the darkness, Isaiah paints a picture of hope and shares a word of light that would break the darkness. He discusses a better, preferable future, and a Messiah who would bring deliverance. Listen in to hear a similar message of hope from Charlie Mashinter as we begin the season of Advent.
GOD WITH US: HAVE YOU SEEN A GREAT LIGHT?Message by Charlie Mashinter – November 29, 2020
Isaiah 9:1-7 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honour Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Walking in “darkness”….
The one promised…. 700 years in advance
Waiting with hope… Advent
Giving God a chance…
… to speak to you and shine His light upon you in a pandemic
ABOUT CHARLIE MASHINTER: Charlie Mashinter is Interim Executive Director BIC Canada / Team Leader — Community Churches Team Leader. Prior to coming into this position, he was the Lead Pastor for almost 19 years at Wainfleet BIC Church. Charlie and his wife, Becky, are the parents of three great kids – Darcie, Greg and Josh. Charlie enjoys coffee, long drives, good books, Downton Abbey and hockey. He fuels his abiding sense of optimism by believing he will see the Toronto Maple Leafs win the cup again in his lifetime.