IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC:- UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN!
COMPILED EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given … and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
We have been given a special gift at Christmas. This gift we all know of and have heard about. Jesus came to the earth as a baby, grew in favor and wisdom, died on the cross for you and me, and rose again and sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
Jesus came to be a light in the darkness. The prophet saw in vision the darkness and gloom of the nation, and saw also the son that would be born to remove that darkness, and to enlighten the world.
Jesus is a gift from God. He was given to the world to save her from sin and eternal damnation and darkness. He was sent as a rich gift from God.
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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 judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
Such a marvelous, unspeakable gift. Yet what makes this gift even more fantastic is that is was given “unto us.” This precious gift was not reserved for a people that loved and honored God as he deserves to be loved and honored. No, unto us, such ungodly sinners, a child is born. Unto us, a people so utterly without merit, a Son is given.
This is a great reality, a cornerstone of truth. God did not give us his gift because we were good. We were everything but good. God gave us his gift because he is good. This is what Christmas is all about.
Isaiah’s prophesy, declared some 700 years prior to the birth of Christ, revealed great things about God’s wonderful Son:
… and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
The government is upon his shoulders because Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. Even as the head rests upon the shoulders, everything rests upon him.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Jesus is the foundation of truth.
Many people ask, “What is there to be merry about?” With wars and terrorism, crime at an all-time high, marriages breaking up, drugs—no wonder some people question whether we should say, “Merry Christmas!” Yet it was at such a time that our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world some 2,000 years ago. And it will be at such a time that Jesus Christ comes back to this earth.
The angel on that first Christmas night said, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11, NKJV). If we believe this, then it makes all the difference in the world for us. Life takes on a new dimension.
There is one particular passage of Scripture in the Old Testament to which I often turn, not only at this time of the year but also at many times other than the Christmas season: “The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2, NKJV).
Scripture goes on: “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. 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 judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7, NKJV).
There is not a shadow of a doubt in our minds as to whom Isaiah refers in the words “A Child is born. … A Son is given.” He is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, at this Christmas season, with our trust and faith in Christ, we hear the angel saying, “Do not be afraid” (Luke 2:10, NKJV). The psalmist said, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6, NKJV).
This is the Christmas message to you today. You, too, can appropriate the words to believers, words that are used all the way through the Scriptures: “Fear not, for I am with you” (Isaiah 43:5, NKJV).
A Child was born and a Son was given for our salvation. We have complete assurance that Jesus Christ is not only the Son of Man but also that He is the Son of God. And God has accepted what Jesus did on the cross and in the resurrection for our salvation. We trust in Him–and Him alone–for our forgiveness and for eternal life.
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