References: Isaiah 9Most of us know George Frideric Handel's oratorio chorus Messiah, and at Christmas time we are delighted by the sounds of its most famous song, the "Hallelujah Chorus." How many of us, though, are aware that this song can only truly be sung after an earlier set proclaims, "For Unto Us a Child is Born"? The words for this song are taken from Isaiah 9, which describes a scene of darkness, gloom and oppression that is pierced with the light of dawn. For centuries, the Jewish people envisioned and expected a great warrior king who would save them from their oppressors. But God chose a child instead, a baby born in lowly circumstances, to save people from their spiritual oppression. In this series of messages, Alistair Begg describes who this child is and what earns Him the right to be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. Celebrate the great news that A Child is Born!
David Robertson, author of The Dawkins Letters, says that he was told by the leader of an atheist society: "Okay, I admit that you have destroyed my atheism, but what do you believe?" This book is his answer: an apology of faith in the face of atheism and a response to the shouts of God is Not Great! by the late Christopher Hitchens.