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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV)
When this was written, God had raised up a prophet named Isaiah to deliver news of judgment to God’s disobedient people. The people would be taken into exile, God’s Temple would be destroyed, and Israel would be in ruins. And in the midst of proclaiming doom over his own nation (in Isaiah 7-8), Isaiah was given a glimpse of the glorious future (Isaiah 9) when God would deliver His people.
The Mighty God who holds galaxies in His hands and sustains them by His will, who can absorb all the arrows of evil flung at Him, who crushes Satan, would come. This God who appeared as a pillar of fire for Moses, whose cloud of glory eclipsed a mountain, whose voice causes worlds to tremble, would come as a frail Child. He would humble Himself and die to pay the penalty for your disobedience and set you free from sin.
On that silent Christmas night, God slipped between the pages of history. Jesus, God the Son in human flesh, lay naked among the hay dripping with cow slobber. He wailed His first cry over the bray of farm animals. He screamed when He was hungry, wet, or cold. He slept while Mary hummed sweet lullabies over Him. His mom and dad clapped when He said His first word and cheered as His tottering legs took their first step.
That first step, years later, led that Mighty God to a cross where again He was naked and cried (this time, in anguish), where He hung over His mother who wept and asked His best friend to watch over her. The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace breathed His last. And He did this for those who would receive the gift of His grace and follow Him.
Though he probably didn’t know it, this was the hope Isaiah foretold. This was the Christmas card he sent 700 years before Jesus was born. And this is the gift for you this Christmas – God came as a Child for His children. All praise and glory and honor to Him forever and ever! Merry Christmas!
- What do these verses reveal to you about God? Who He is, what He does or values?
- Look at each name given to the child. What does each reveal to you about Jesus?
- Why is it significant that Jesus would reign on David’s throne? (Look at 2 Samuel 7:8-17 for reference.)
- Why is it significant that justice and righteousness will be upheld in His kingdom? (See Psalm 89:13-15)
- Who is one person you need to call to share the joy of Jesus with? Will you call him or her today?
Mighty God, I often take for granted the miracle of Christmas. I am too often distracted by everyday glories and not your majesty. Please help me to remember You and give my life to You. Renew the joy of my salvation, Lord.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh is a member of the Ballantyne campus. He loves the depth and complexity of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. He doesn’t have all the answers, so you can sometimes find him asking deep questions or trying to understand new things.