“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.” Isaiah 9:6 NIV
Why do we celebrate Christmas? As a kid growing up it meant getting presents from family and Santa but now I hope that the message of the season has not been lost with those childhood memories. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to get gifts but we can still get so caught up in “hope what you got me is bigger than what I got you” syndrome. So what is the season all about if not the gift giving and receiving? It is about a child that was born so many years ago that some have forgotten who this child is.
The prophet Isaiah writes in the verse above about a child who has some amazing attributes. First of all, the government will be on his shoulders. Which government, the USA or Europe or Russia? I believe that it the government of God. It is His rule and reign in our lives that makes the difference in how we see this holiday (as a friend pointed out, it means “Holy Day”). So if this heavenly government will be upon this child, then that child must come from God. Jesus fits that role. When we think of who this child is in the prophecy above, the child born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph is the promised child.
As ruler of this government, this child, who will grow into a man, will be a wonderful counselor. He will guide us (as believers) in the correct direction in our lives. He will help us make the right choices that will please our Heavenly Father. He will be called the Mighty God because He (Jesus) is the son of God. He will also be the Everlasting Father who will love us unconditionally. And finally, He will be the Prince of Peace. When we know Him we have peace with God and with others.
This Christmas Season let’s get our focus back on who the child in the manger is and put Santa and all of the trimmings in second place. That’s my point for today.