Over the next few weeks, we will dive into the story of Jesus. We will begin with the prophecies foretold of a Savior and His miraculous birth, and then we will walk through His life, His death and His resurrection. We will finish by looking at Jesus in our lives today. Our prayer for you is that through studying these Scriptures, we will better understand the character of Jesus and what His time on earth means for us. We pray that you fall more in love with who He is during this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of a Child who came to save us all.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
If you are like me, you have heard the story of the birth of Jesus our savior over and over. If you didn’t grow up hearing this story every December, you probably are still familiar with it because ultimately it is the reason behind the celebration of Christmas.
But what does the birth of Jesus really mean?
We have never known a time when Jesus wasn’t with us. We only know life after His birth and ultimate death and resurrection. Because of this, we never have had to question His redemption, forgiveness or restoration for us. This is amazing for us, but what if we looked at Jesus’ birth through the eyes of Israel? To say that the birth of Jesus was long awaited would be a huge understatement. The people of Israel had long heard prophecies much like these verses in Isaiah. The promise of a man who will also be God. One who will bring justice, righteousness, peace and so much more. The Wonderful Counselor. Prince of Peace. Mighty God. This promise was the sustenance of a people passed along from father to son and mother to daughter. Luke 2:25 refers to Jesus as “the consolation of Israel.” He was the long awaited comfort to a people who had suffered.
Christmas is an especially good time of year to take a moment and recognize just what the birth of Jesus means to us as Christians. It didn’t just start with a woman and a man who traveled to Bethlehem and birthed a child. This story goes back way before these events, but it was always God’s plan. May we remember the truth that God had a plan for humanity’s redemption from the very beginning, and it was through His son Jesus Christ, the hope of the world.
God, I thank You for the gift of your son. I thank You that my redemption and restoration was always Your plan. I pray that this Christmas season, You would give me a new level of gratitude for the person of Jesus, my friend and counselor. Amen.