A Child is Born - Alistair Begg

A Child is Born - Alistair Begg

Most of us know Handel’s oratorio chorus Messiah, and at Christmastime, we are delighted by the sounds of its most famous song, the “Hallelujah” chorus. But did you know 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. Instead, God sent a child—a baby born in lowly circumstances—to save people from their spiritual oppression. In this series, Alistair Begg describes who this child is, why He came, 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”!

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A Child is Born - Alistair Begg
  • Wonderful Counselor (Part 1) - Alistair Begg

    During a tumultuous period in Israel’s history, the prophet Isaiah warned his contemporaries against seeking counsel apart from God’s law. When the Israelites did not heed his instruction, they found themselves entangled in sin and despair. Alistair Begg considers the Israelites’ condition and re...

  • Wonderful Counselor (Part 2) - Alistair Begg

    Christianity affirms Christ’s atoning death as the only means of reconciliation between God and man. While this claim is offensive to many people, Alistair Begg explains, we cannot set aside this central pillar of theology. Without Christ as the cornerstone, Christianity collapses into merely a s...

  • Wonderful Counselor (Part 3) — Alistair Begg

    “Wonderful Counselor.” That’s one of the names given to the anticipated Messiah. But what does that phrase actually mean, and what significance does it have for us today? Hear the answers when you join us on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg.

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  • Mighty God - Alistair Begg

    What is the significance of the list of names in Isaiah’s prophetic depiction of the Messiah? In this message, Alistair Begg demonstrates how titles such as Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God describe Christ’s character and establish His divinity. Christ’s triumph over sin and death fulfilled Isa...

  • Everlasting Father - Alistair Begg

    In this message, Alistair Begg explains that our heavenly Father pursues and secures relationship with us through the cross of Christ. When we place our trust in the saving work of Jesus, we are forgiven completely, known thoroughly, and loved eternally.

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  • Prince of Peace - Alistair Begg

    Despite our ability to accumulate wealth and knowledge, mankind remains plagued by strife in our world, our relationships, and our own consciences. In this message, Alistair Begg points out that we cannot fix the human condition on our own; we must acknowledge our need for help. The good news of ...

  • He Will Reign Forever - Alistair Begg

    Many people are content to acknowledge Christ as a historical figure or moral man, but nothing more. Scripture, however, declares that Christ was born to be King. He reigns over all creation—and, as Alistair Begg notes, His rule extends over our lives as well. When we respond to the Gospel invita...

  • The Zeal of the Lord - Alistair Begg

    Have you ever had circumstances in life that seemed bad and turned out good? Do you ever find yourself putting God into a box or thinking of Him as a genie, that He exists solely to meet your needs? In this message, Alistair speaks of the great zeal of the Lord and what it means in our lives as b...