Sesame Street was always good at teaching through skits and music. To teach discernment they would sing the song: "One of these things is not like the others".
Cookie Monster would have 4 plates of cookies. Each plate would have 2 cookies but one would have 3. And so the song would begin ... "One of these things is not like the others".
When we come to Christmas and consider the baby born that day compared to all babies before or since, One of these was not like the others!
Isaiah 8:19-22; 9:1-2
19 When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.
1 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 honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan-
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death.
Ever wonder how Eve's kids turned out? Yesterday we learned that her first born son, the son she thought would be Messiah, murdered his kid brother out of envy. His judgment was to wander in dark wastelands.
Ever wonder how Eve's kids turned out? Look at the passage above. Stressed. Unsatisfied. Angry. Fearful. Gloomy. Sounds like a dark wasteland. That is where sin took them over the years.
Ever wonder how Eve's kids turned out? Look in the mirror. Stressed? Unsatisfied? Angry? Fearful? Gloomy?
When we were lost we were without God and without hope in the world (Eph. 2:12). Isaiah 8 sounded like the condition of our souls. BUT ... God!
Just when we thought there was no hope God springs forth in brilliant light! A great light begins to shine. The Light of the world was coming in to the world to light the way and offer hope (John 1:9).
When does this take place? CHRISTmas! This is what Christ brought with Him.
What an indescribable gift is the Lord Jesus Christ! We are so unworthy of His care and affection. We are so worthy of the darkness and gloom of Isaiah 8 but we have a God that pulls us through to Isaiah 9! We have seen a great Light. It is not a force but a person ... a baby!
Ever wonder how Eve's kids turned out? One of them was not like the others.
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