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O, Sweet Jesus

O, SWEET JESUS!

O, sweet Jesus, baby boy
Your gentle hand will guide
Generations to the promised land
Sinners justified

By Your birth you testified
The Father’s faithfulness
By Your death upon the cross
You taught obedience

O, sweet Jesus, meek and mild
In rugged manger born
You chose the humblest entry point
not even one was scorned

Shepherds, the most lowly
You revealed Your birth to them
Wise men from afar off
Believed and worshiped then

Twas not to high and lofty ones
With knowledge, power, prestige
But to the humble, foreign men
From waiting a reprieve.

From Bethlehem to Golgatha
Wasn’t far to walk
But every step the Father’s will
You would never balk

O, sweet Jesus, born to die
So sweet your baby hands
But later they would pierce them thru And kill the precious lamb

I know the end
All is not lost
Like Jonah and the fish
Three days passed, You rose again
having paid the cost

O, sweet Jesus, hear my prayer
You died for me I know
But now I want to live for You
And make my heart Your throne

O, sweet Jesus, Lord of all
King o’er every King
Come quickly for your church to take
Your praises we will sing

But ‘til you come I pray to be
A light upon a hill
your name I want to lift up high
Bring glory, do your will

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1. Christmas is about God, about Him manifesting Himself. Christmas is about the Triune God: Father, Son and Spirit. What do the following verses teach you about God?
□ Deuteronomy 32:39

□ 2 Chronicles 2:5-6

□ Psalm 100:3

□ 2 Corinthians 5:21

□ Philippians 2:6-8

□ Colossians 1:12-22

□ Revelation 1:11-18

Who is He–Jesus?
The world has struggled with this issue since Jesus came on the scene more than 2000 years ago. Was Jesus simply a man? Was he a great prophet or teacher? Or was He the Christ–the Messiah–the Promised One, fulfilling hundreds of prophecies of the Old Testament prophets?

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2. What does Isaiah 7:14 foretell about Jesus (the Messiah-the Promised One)?

3. What does Isaiah 9:6-7 tell us about the Messiah?

4. What additional information is given regarding the Messiah in Isaiah 11:1?

5. What do you learn from Isaiah 53:1-3

6. When did Isaiah live and give his prophecies?

7. What does the prophet Micah tell us about the birth place of Messiah in Micah 5:2?

9. When did the prophet Micah live and give his prophecies?

10. What does the prophet Zechariah tell us about the Promised One in Zechariah 9:9?

11. When did the prophet Zechariah live and give his prophecies?

12. When you read these prophecies, given hundreds of years before the person they describe was born, by three different men, and you learn that they came true in the person of Jesus, what does that make you think about the Bible? God? Jesus? Yourself?

 

Baby Jesus, Born to Die

BABY JESUS, BORN TO DIE

Baby Jesus, small and soft
born that star-filled night
for ages prophets had foretold
Light to pierce the night

Your heavenly home You left behind
put eternal things aside
to enter human time and space
a temporary home.

why would You,
Almighty King
Lord of all the Lords
come down to earth to be with us
so far below Your throne

the cross it is the centerpiece
instrument of pain
see where blood was flowing down
the lamb on it was slain

O Jesus, help me see the truth
Your life was not in vain
Your coming was to meet my need
Yours a blood sacrifice

the living, it was needful
without blemish You were found
yet dying was the pinnacle
my sin stain it removed

in dying You gave your life for me
propitiatory substitute
in rising You opened eternity
rendered the accuser mute

a baby born to humble means
lain in a manger bare
is only part the story told
look further if you dare

the only true and living God
the one they call “I AM”
He kept His promise in the child
He sent His Son, the Lamb

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The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will, Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later, He might hang on a cross.
–J. I. Packer

1. Some faith traditions begin the Christmas season with Advent. Look up the meaning of this term in a Bible Dictionary or other dictionary and record what you find.

The first Advent candle is called the “Candle of Hope.” This purple candle symbolizes hope and expectation. It represents both the eager anticipation of a coming Messiah spoken of throughout the Old Testament and the promise that Jesus, the Messiah, will come again to earth to claim His faithful ones as described in the New Testament. Because it points to the promises that foretold Christ’s birth, it is also sometimes called the “Candle of Prophecy.”
–Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Pocket Inspiration

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2. Read the following scriptures and record how they bring hope:
□ Psalm 72:10-14

□ Isaiah 11:1-11

□ Isaiah 42:1-5

□ Isaiah 60:1-3

Isaiah Chapter 8

Read Isaiah Chapter 8
1. What does the LORD tell Isaiah to do in Isaiah 8:1?

2. What does Isaiah do according to Isaiah 8:3?

3. What prophecy is given in Isaiah 8:4?

Going deeper: What is the significance of Damascus? Samaria?

4. What prophecy is given in Isaiah 8:5-10?

5. What do you learn from Leviticus 25:23? How does this relate to Isaiah 8:8?

6. What does the LORD tell Isaiah in Isaiah 8:11-15?

7. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Jeremiah 10:10

□ Nahum 1:6

□ Malachi 3:2

8. What does Isaiah declare about himself in Isaiah 8:11-18?

9. What does Isaiah say about the people in Isaiah 8:19-22?

10. What application can you make to your own life from this chapter about the Word of God? Seeking after mediums/wizards? Seeking after God?

 

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Isaiah Chapter 7

Read 2 Kings Chapter 15:37
1. What is going on historically with Judah?

Read 2 Kings Chapter 16
2. What do you learn of King Ahaz from this chapter.

3. What do you learn about the historical events of the time from 2 Kings 16:5-10?

4. What do you learn about King Ahaz’ spiritual condition from 2 Kings 16:10-18?

Read Isaiah Chapter 7
5. What time reference is given in Isaiah 7:1?

6. What was told to the house of David?

7. What does “the house of David” refer to? You may need to consult with a study Bible, Bible Dictionary or other outside source to answer.

8. What is Isaiah told to do in Isaiah 7:3-9?

9. Copy Isaiah 7:4a here. Meditate on this message of hope. Record any thoughts or observations.

10 What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Deuteronomy 31:8

□ Joshua 1:9

□ Isaiah 41:10; 13-14

□ Isaiah 43:1

□ Luke 12:32

11. What does God tell Ahaz to do in Isaiah 7:11? What is his response in Isaiah 7:12?

12. What does God say will happen to the house of David in Isaiah 7:17-25?

Isaiah delivered this prophecy in 734 B.C. In 732 B.C., Assyria defeated Syria; and in 722 IB.C., Assyria invaded the Northern Kingdom. The prophecy was fulfilled.
-–W.W. Weirsbe, Be Comforted: Isaiah

13. Review Isaiah 7:14-15. What is God promising in this verse? Who fulfilled this promise?

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Isaiah Chapter 6 (Part 2)

Isaiah realized the corruption of his own heart when he saw himself in the light of Jehovah’s infinite holiness. Such is the case whenever man is brought consciously into the presence of God.
–Ironside Commentaries: Isaiah, by H.A. Ironside

Re-Read Isaiah Chapter 6

1. What do you notice about Isaiah’s response in Isaiah 6:5 to what came before in Isaiah 6:1-4?

2. What similarities to Isaiah 6:5 do you see in the following verses?
□ Job 42:5-6
□ Daniel 10:8-18
□ Luke 5:8
□ Revelation 1:17

3. What do the following verses teach about the source of unclean lips?
□ Psalm 19:14
□ Matthew 12:34
□ Luke 6:45

4. What solution does God provide for Isaiah’s realization that he is a man of unclean lips?

5. What follows Isaiah’s cleansing? In Isaiah 6:8?

6. Contrast Isaiah’s response to the call to Moses in Exodus 4:10-17 and Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:4-10. What do you see?

7. What commission does God give Isaiah in Isaiah 6:9-10

8. What question does Isaiah ask in Isaiah 6:11? What is God’s response?

9. What calling has God given to you in your life so far? How do you know? Have you walked it out? Explain.

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