FOR TO US A CHILD IS BORN–Isaiah 9:6-7

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.

My Bible commentary says the following:

Here we read one of the most memorable messianic expectations from the book of Isaiah. For the promise is that a child is coming, breaking into the darkness and bringing his life-giving light. This coming “child,” a “son, ” is the embodiment of Immanuel. His character displays his divine identity; he is a Wonderful Counselor, the very Might of God, an Everlasting Father (a royal one who is like a loving father to his people), and the Prince of Peace.

     The Gospels are built on this confession that, with the birth of Jesus, the Messiah has come. Jesus the King establishes his kingdom, not for a time but for eternity. “Justice” and “righteousness” mark his kingdom, for which there will “be no end” What the gospel makes clear, however, is that in our sin we are dependent on the gift of God’s righteousness to us, since as sinners we are not righteous in and of ourselves. We need Christ to bear our sin and God to credit his righteousness to our account. As God’s people who are united to Christ, by his Spirit, the church should now be marked by the characteristics of Christ, such as justice, mercy, righteousness, wisdom, and peace. In a word, we become known by love. What we have received from God, we gladly extend to others.

What a joyous prophesy about the coming of our Lord and Savior, and the love that we continue to receive from God he wants us to joyfully share with others. Not just this time of year, but daily, throughout the whole year. I hope that everyone will be able to attend a Christmas Eve or Day service or both and be able to share it with family members and friends.

 

I wish everyone a very blessed day.

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