The Best Christmas Ever…? What’s In Your Want?
Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Best Christmas Ever…?
We hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season! In our series on “The Best Christmas Ever…? we are trying to refocus our lives to have a Christmas that gives us hope and fills us with joy. One of the barriers to finding the best Christmas is our own expectations. Any time that reality does not meet our expectations, the result is always disappointment. We can be our own worst enemies! Unfortunately, the materialism of our society creates a high level of “want” and it is difficult for us to find a sense of contentment. In the sermon, “What’s in your want?” we turn to Isaiah 11:1-10 to see the wonder of “God’s Peaceable Kingdom” where the lion will rest with the lamb and a child will play in a den of rattlesnakes but there will be no fear of harm or discontent! As we quickly approach Christmas we have to ask, “what’s in our want?’ that is stopping us from finding joy, peace, and love that God intends for our lives. This scripture offers us a path to renew our spirits as we celebrate this Christmas season. As you read Isaiah 11:1-10 let it fill you with the expectation of a wonderful Christmas celebration and the best Christmas ever. Isaiah 11:1-10: A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD– 3 and he will delight in the fear of theLORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slaythe wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. 6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters coverthe sea. 10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. (NIV)