“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
The Christmas season is here. The Reason for the season should be at the forefront of our minds as we celebrate His birth in the days ahead. He is the Only Reason for this season. In this prophecy of the Birth of Jesus Christ, we see both His humanity and His deity. Christ was 100% God in the flesh, but He was also 100% man. Our finite minds cannot fully comprehend this fact, but it does not make it any less true.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made 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.”
A Child Is Born
His humanity is shown in the fact that He was to come as a child born of a woman just like any other human being after Adam & Eve.
“And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.”
A Son Is Given
His deity is displayed as God’s Son is given so that we might have life that is only found in Him. A gift cannot be given if it does not already exist. This Gift left His throne in Heaven to be born of woman, take upon Him the form of a servant, and fulfill His purpose to die for the sins of mankind.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We see that this is a personal Gift, given “unto us”. A child was born, and a Son was given. There was only a need for One because He is the Only One who could have came; and He came for us.
“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”
We see in the latter part of the verse today are five descriptions that His Name shall be called. These five were given before He came, showing that by His grace we can become His children and experience the power of His Name.
“Wonderful” – We can adore Him because He is Wonderful.
“Counsellor” – We can be advised by Him because He is our Counsellor.
“The mighty God” – We can see His almighty strength because He is The Mighty God.
“The everlasting Father” – We can always find Him because He is The Everlasting Father.
“The Prince of Peace” – We can be assured by Him because He is The Prince of Peace.
Rest in Him today, the Only Reason for the season.
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