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Mighty God – A Picture of God

Isaiah 9:6 & Romans 1:19-20

Intro

Have you ever noticed that one of the first questions that a kid asks is “why?” Actually that is an incredible question, maybe a little annoying at times. It is not “what has happened?” or “where did it happen?” or “How did it happen?” Maybe children have a build in sense to try and discover the cause and effect relationship to things.

Listen to who Isaiah prophesied about and then listen to what Paul has to say about God.


Let us look at two parts of the why question:

# 1. Why God? Why a Mighty God?

# 2. Why Jesus? Why all the hype about Christmas?


  1. Why God? Paul tells us in Romans that ever since creation of the world God has made Himself known through nature – through creation. Let us try to understand what Paul means by this.

    1. Paul tells us that the invisible things of God are seen in the visible things of creation. One of my favorite Carmen songs goes this way: If there is a design then there must be a Designer.


      1. The earth is 93 million miles for the sun. The size, position and the angle of the earth is a scientific phenomenon. A few degrees closer to the sun we would burn up. A few degrees further we would freeze.


      1. The 23 degree angle of the earth allows the proper and equal distribution to the suns rays. This allows our food chain to exist.


      1. Or take for example of the just right mixture of oxygen and nitrogen for us to breath and have life – it just didn’t happen it happened because of the Creator / Mighty God / Christ.


    1. When the fool says in his heart there is no God, he rejects the truth God painted on the canvass of life.


    1. The atheist has never created an artistic sunset or sunrise.

      1. Atheist has never been able to give an answer to our existence. Or peace to the trouble mind.

      1. It is God who was willing to have His Son die so that we might have life.


    1. Carmen sings in There Is A God “It’s God who creates, God who delivers, God who heals and God who is worthy of a thunderous ovation of praise.”


  1. The answer to the first question, “Why God?” Is that people have been designed by the Designer to have a connection with the Chief Engineer. We are to be a part of His family and until we are born in the Spirit we will experience a longing that can only be filled by the Mighty God.


    1. Everyone one of us is in need of that relationship with God. We need to be connected to God. We are designed that way.


      1. This commercial has been around a long time – Energizer Bunny with its drum. The Bunny keeps drumming why? Because of the battery

      2. Well take the battery out it won’t move it won’t function. Put an Energizer battery in it will function – it was designed that way.


      1. We are designed to have God in our lives and the Designer’s design is that we have a relationship with Him that only comes through Christ. We are not going to function correctly without that relationship.


    1. Even non-believers can quote John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.


      1. Our Mighty God came as an infant born in a manger. This event is call incarnation. God became flesh and resided here with us so we might experience His love and connect with Him.


      1. God knew that He had to lay aside His mighty self to come as a child. To reach those who were in need of Him – He had to come to them in a way they could follow Him.

    1. That is the Way God designed us. It is not enough to know there is a God we want evidence of Him – We want to see God.


      1. As long as history has record people have try to picture God. People want to have an image of God. It is our nature.

      1. Religion is the picture people draw of God. But Christ isn’t a religion.

    1. Jesus came to answer that desire in each of us to have a God relationship – He is the revelation of God.

      1. Religion is when people come together and put their best ideas of God on paper of what God looks like.

    1. Christianity is not a religion it is a Revelation. It is when God draws a picture of Himself. Jesus is God’s visible picture of Himself.


  1. The birth of Christ certainly does not seem like “mighty.” Think on it for a moment. God chose to be like us. That is not world’s view of mighty.

    1. Jesus came into the world like you and I. Jesus is the physical being of the invisible Mighty God. Take a look with me at what Christ reveals to us about the Mighty God.

    1. Jesus is the antithesis of what mighty means in this world.

      1. Think about the manger scene for a moment and remember that God didn’t avoid real life. – He wasn’t born in a palace. He had commoners for parents. He was a carpenter’s Son.

      2. He experienced diaper rashes, teething, skinned knees and belly aches as well as heart aches.

      3. God had a choice and that choice was to be real and He chose not avoid real life.

      4. Have you ever thought about if you were God how you would do things. Sending the Savior in the way He did seems rather simple. Wouldn’t it have made a bigger splash if it was done with rockets and fireworks?

      For 33 years he felt everything we would have ever felt. He felt weak. He grew weary. He experienced failure. He got colds. He probably burped and His mom told him to mind His manners.

      1. God didn’t seek comfort.

      1. God came as one who serves.

    1. Serving was the consistent characteristic of Jesus’ life. Jesus’ theme through out His ministry was “It’s not about whose the most important but it is about the One who serves.

      1. It is God who waits on the table. He is the One who washes the feet.

      1. The image of Jesus serving is the reflection of the Mighty God.

      1. It is in the serving that we see the face of God.

Conclusion:

Why is there so many today that don’t want to believe in God? Why are there so many who refuse to accept God’s grace? Why?

The Barbershop
A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: “I don’t believe that God exists.”

“Why do you say that?” asked the customer.

“Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving a God who would allow all of these things.”

The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt.

The customer turned back and entered the barbershop again and he said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”

“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!”

“No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”

“Ah, but barbers DO exist! The problem is that some people don’t come to me.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens, is, people don’t go to him and do not look for him. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”


What do you want for Christmas? Don’t you have enough sweaters? Don’t you want to know God, the Mighty God? Jesus is the mighty God. God wants to transcend that distance from our heads to hearts. Having God in the heart means that we see God in every face of those in need. And every time a person serves in Christ’s love you see God in that person.

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