Looking at this Sunday's text and theme, four questions come to mind...
1) What does the Bible term "righteous" mean?
The word is defined by terms like “just” and “clean” with an emphasis on that which is beneficial. Vines' New Testament Dictionary defines it as "just, without prejudice or partiality". In other words, it is doing right just because it's right (no hidden motives). Just as we know we sin because we are sinners, so Christ Jesus does righteously because He is righteous!
2) Why did Christ come as a baby unlike Adam who was created as a full grown man?
First, there is prophecy to be fulfilled like "the seed of the woman" (Genesis 3:15) and “unto us a child is born". Second, there is the matter of identity as Jesus experienced full humanity except for sin (Hebrews 4:15).
3) What does "the government shall be upon His shoulders" mean?
Just as we refer to responsibility "resting on our shoulders” so Christ is ultimately given authority to carry out God's will and rule on earth.
4) Why is Christ called the Everlasting Father when He is actually God the Son?
Charles Spurgeon preached a great sermon on this question which will be referred to in Sunday's message, but for the present consider two thoughts. We have our spiritual life and righteousness from Christ AND He takes great care of us in fatherly fashion.
This text has been a great blessing to study and hopefully will stir us all as we worship together.
See you Sunday!
- In I Corinthians 1:30, Christ is said to become for us...righteousness. What do you think that means?
- Isaiah had more than one prophecy about the birth of the Righteous One. See Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22
- Some translations separate Wonderful from Counselor and some have them as one name together as in Isaiah 9:6. Either way, how do you see these two terms describing Jesus?
- Prince of
Peace is also a name of Jesus. Colossians has key verses on the
connection between true peace and our Lord. Colossians 1:20; 3:15
- Isaiah 9:7 connects government, peace and righteousness. What do you think that kind of "government" would look like? Some believe that Christ's government is not as much a political system as it is His rule in our hearts!
- As our text connects peace and righteousness with Christ's rule, a correlation has been noted between Christ and Melchizedek. Study Hebrews 7:1-3.
- What does it mean that Jesus will reign on David's throne?