The topic for the day is Christmas. The incarnation... The day that God wraps himself in flesh as a baby... Jesus’ earthly birthday.
More often than not, this story is told from the Gospels of Matthew or Luke. However. The Bible from cover to cover tells about Jesus. The Old Testament tells of his coming, the Gospels of his earthly existence and the overall of the New Testament of his prophecy fulfillment’s, life, death, resurrection and coming again.
So, today, I’d like to do something different. I’d like to take a trip down memory lane. About 700 years before the events unfold.
Here we see a man named Isaiah. He is more than just any man. He is a prophet. A man inspired by the Holy Spirit. He is one of God’s most insightful prophets when it comes to Jesus on earth. A lot of his prophecy’s deal with how Jesus saves us. (How he was rejected, arrested, tried, beaten, crucified, killed, buried, resurrected and his coming again) but, among others, there are these 2 very obvious verses about his birth.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. - Isaiah 7:14
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. - Isaiah 9:6
In Isaiah 7:14 we see the how God took the approach of “if you want something done right, do it yourself”, but in a loving way. He sends the sign. He sends the answer. He sends the rescuer. We also see how he uses an unexpected participant to fulfill his plan. She was a virgin. That sort of thing doesn’t happen daily. And finally in this passage, we see the reference to the deity of Jesus with the name Emanuel. “ God with us. “
Isaiah 9:6 speaks of this child as if a gift. A child has been given to us. Gifts come out of love and the birth of Jesus was purely love. This verse addresses mostly who Jesus is and what he will do. It speaks of his greatness and power; of his authority, leadership and sacrifice and is my personal favorite part of this verse. It mentions just a few names Jesus will go by. But it strongly points to the Trinity and who exactly Jesus is. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6
Most of society today views Christmas as a time to show love to one another and give gifts that exactly what God did. He gave us his Son and only out of love. Be mindful and remember the true reason for the season.
Devotion by Brad Chase December 2018