Friday, December 23, 2016

Unto us a child is born

      6) For unto us a Child is born,
           For unto us a Son is given;
           And the government will be upon His shoulder.
           And His name will be called
           Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
           Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    7)  Of the increase of His government
         and peace
         There will be no end,
         Upon the throne of David and over
         His kingdom,
         To order it and establish it with
         Judgement and justice
         From that time forward, even forever.
         The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
                                                                        Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV

It’s Christmas time… the time when we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world.  While we don’t know His actual birthday, I am grateful that we have set aside a special day in which to honor the birth of Jesus!  He means so much to us!  We love him and yet sometimes we don’t fully understand His importance to our lives. 

It may in some ways be considered a blind trust. However, we can know Him better and in turn trust Him more.  Let’s consider what this scripture is saying to us. It gives us a fast-tracked glimpse of all He encompasses in two verses. 

Although this scripture is mentioned, mostly in my experience, during the Christmas season it is true and real always.  It starts by referring to Him as a child…a son.  We can all relate to Him in those terms as we are children ourselves… sons and daughters.  That’s where our sameness ends.  From there He is completely spiritual.  He is now our Lord and Savior.  “...the government will be upon His shoulders…”  Not this world's government... but His rulership is over our heavenly kingdom. 

His name declares all He is and all He does on our behalf through His precious sacrifice to give us new life. Even these terms are limited in comprehension.  While they are great beautiful words they will never do Him justice.  They are words our finite minds can use to try and explain who He is.  “…Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…”

I think most of us get that He is those things…those lovely sounding ideas but what we don’t get and fail to realize is that He came to also (not as the precious babe but as an eternal grown up) to do and be those things if we allow Him to.  If we accept His gift of salvation not only in word but also in deed.

How truly reassuring verse 7 is!   These scriptures speak to our here and now as well as our eternal future with Him.  This Christmas let’s dig deep and get some understanding of what we have truly been given.  Let’s realize the ultimate sacrifice given to us by our Father God who thought it not robbery to give up His Only Son for a gain of many children (you and I).  Who wouldn’t love a God like that?

This Christmas let’s be mindful as we spend time together in fellowship sharing food and gifts to not forget whose birthday it is that we are celebrating.

Let’s not forget that Jesus (and all He is to us) is truly the reason for the season!

Be blessed!

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