ISAIAH 9:6: “For unto us a Child is born, 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.” (NKJV)
OBSERVATION: What do I see when I look at Jesus? I think this is an appropriate question to pose on Christmas Day. For most, during this holiday season, they think of a small baby boy, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. The prophetic words of Isaiah ring forth – “For unto us a Child is born…” And there is an awesome sense that He is much more than just another child. Shepherds are greeted with angelic hosts proclaiming His birth. Wise Men from the East travel great distances to find this small child and bring Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And today, over 2000 years later, millions honor His birth and sing songs proclaiming His birth on a most holy night long, long, ago.
Yet, this small child grew to become a man. He grew up in a humble home of a carpenter, learning this trade. And through His life there were small reminders of his humble yet glorious entrance into this world. At a young age He fascinated the religious rulers at the Temple with His knowledge of the Scriptures and things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. And his mother slowly began to realize that there was much more in store for this carpenter. She remembered the words spoken to her by the angel who announced his miraculous conception. He would be the Son of God who would come to save God’s people from their sins. And so echo the prophetic words of Isaiah – “…Unto us a Son is given…”
You would think that everyone would see what Mary saw in Jesus. Yet, this is where we meet a fork in the road. The Gospel of John tells us,
- “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”. (John 1:14 NKJV)
- “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:10-11 NKJV)
The Child that was given, the Word of God, the Son of God, who created all things – came to His own and His own did not receive Him. They followed Him for His provision of loaves and fish. They ran to Him for healing when they were sick. They cried out to Him hoping that He would deliver them from Roman oppression. However, when He called them to repentance, when He called them to pick up their cross and deny themselves – they cried “Crucify Him”! They no longer had any need for this Child. They no longer had any desire for this Son. They wanted life on their terms, not His. They looked upon Jesus with contempt. They refused the very gift given to them from God.
Yet, the Apostle John gives us some good news.
- “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God…And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.”. (John 1:12-13, 16 NKJV)
To those who see Jesus with eyes of faith, who receive the gift proclaimed by angels, sought by wise men, and hailed by faithful throughout generations, the promise of Isaiah becomes more than a story – it becomes a reality!
- “And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
They come to Him as their Savior, crucified for their sins, and risen for their victory! They surrender to Him as their Lord, ruling and reigning over all the affairs of their lives. They discover that He is Wonderful! Through the indwelling Holy Spirit He is their Counselor. With new eyes they see Jesus, the Word of God, as Mighty God and Everlasting Father. And they enter into a peace that the world cannot give, because the Prince of Peace now lives within their hearts. To those who receive Jesus Christ into their hearts and lives as Savior and Lord Christmas becomes so much more than trees and presents. Christmas becomes a celebration of Life, Light, and Love – through Jesus Christ!
Lord, I pray for each and every one who may read these words on this Christmas Day. Grant them the grace to see Jesus so that with eyes of faith they may proclaim as their personal reality…“For unto ME a Child is born, Unto ME a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And He will be to ME Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
In Jesus Name!