A Child Is Born, a Son Is Given
In Isaiah 9, we see one of the most stunning and hopeful prophecies of the coming Messiah in all of the Old Testament. Isaiah describes the coming Savior as a great light, one who would bring joy, defeat oppressors and lift the burdens of the oppressed, end all war, and rule forever. In John’s Gospel, we learn that this Savior is Jesus, and in Jesus, then, we see the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Jesus is not just a good example to follow (although He is that too). He was not just a prophet (although He was that too). Jesus was and is God in the flesh. The Eternal Son given for the sake of the world. The light in whom we have life. Notice which of the descriptors of Jesus resonates with you the most right now.
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
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.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
- What does it mean that the child born and the son given, referenced in Isaiah 9, would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace?
- Which of these names of the Savior resonates most with you right now? Why?
- What impact does the fact that Jesus is God in the flesh have on your faith in or relationship with Jesus?
- How might your perspective, prayers, and practices around Christmas change as you consider that all the fullness of God lives in Jesus?
Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Light of the World, thank You for bringing me from darkness into light by Your grace and mercy. Thank You for the life You’ve called me to and the love You’ve extended to me. May I be a light in this world. May I extend Your love so that others would come to know You and all that You are. Amen.
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