Isaiah 9:6 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.
I can’t read Isaiah 9:6 without hearing Handel’s Messiah and nodding my head with tempo. This season, I was fortunate enough to hear a spectacular rendition of it. And for two weeks now, I’m still humming this and other familiar parts. Unquestionably, this masterful music captures the glorious promise and rich truth of these ancient words.
Israel hoped and waited for a messiah who could and would vanquish her oppressors. The messiah Israel longed for would bring peace on earth.
And then, it happens. As the angel proclaimed.
Jesus, God’s Messiah, is born. This unexpected King confused and confounded them. No triumphal entry. A baby. Born in a barn. To a virgin. Unexpected.
And centuries later, from a warm and comfortable place we look back. We are blessed to see the miracle as it unfolded. Jesus, would do so much more than they expected. He would prove victorious over an even greater enemy. Sin. And God’s Messiah would offer a more comprehensive peace. Reconciliation to God.
Christ, the ultimate gift
What do you expect from the Messiah this Christmas? Emmanuel has come. The most difficult circumstance, the most heinous enemy, the deepest pain are all within Christ’s reach. He longs to calm your heart and mind. No one can bring peace like Jesus.
What gift do you need this Christmas? A counselor? A mighty God? An everlasting Father, A Prince of peace? The Messiah offers Himself to you this Christmas. He is God’s answer to every need in your life. He is the ultimate Christmas gift. Receive Him.
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.
Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
Heavenly Father, We praise you for your incarnation that was born this day. We confess that just as many missed it back then, we too, can miss it, and all you have for us. Because you loved us so much, you made a way for us. And because you did, we thank you for everlasting hope. Help us to receive YOU this Christmas.