In this talk, we again look at the period of waiting which we call Advent. This is derived from the Latin words meaning “to come”, and is the period when we prepare spiritually for Christmas, the time when Jesus was born as a baby in Bethlehem.

Richard Wardman looks again at the prophecies of Isaiah, this time in Chapters 8 verse 19 to 9 verse 7, when Isaiah looks forward to the birth of a child, a son, who will be King. Richard looks at the qualities of this son, and why he is qualified to be King. The words of this prophecy are very well known to Christians and lovers of Handel’s Messiah:

“For unto us a Child is born; unto us a son is given. The Government will be upon his shoulders and he shall be called ‘Wonderful Counsellor’, ‘Mighty God’, ‘Everlasting Father’, ‘Prince of Peace’.”

The reading that starts this talk starts at Isaiah 9 v1.

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