Grace For The Journey
This third installment in our series of thoughts on the Miracle of Christmas Devotional Series. We will take brief look at the Way the Christ-Child came.
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)
At first glance, this verse might seem to contain needless repetition of the same idea. “A child is born . . . a son is given.” But make no mistake, there is an incredible distinction to be made between “a child born” and “a son given.” Let’s take a look.
1. A Child Is Born!
God promised back in the Garden of Eden that a child would be born as a descendent of the woman Eve.
Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers.”
In spite of Adam and Eve’s act of disobedience in the Garden, God was gracious to chase after those rebels on the run. He promised to send the solution to their sin problem: a Savior, “which is Christ the Lord.”
Galatians 4:4, “When the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law.”
Just as any child was born of a woman, Jesus was born of a woman too.
However, there is one critical difference.
The “seed” of every child born of woman belongs to a man, but the “seed” of Mary belonged to God the Holy Spirit and did not originate from a human man. It was a virgin birth, but a birth nonetheless; and in His humanity Jesus was a child born.
2. A Son Is Given!
The Bible says in Luke 2:8-12, “There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’”
In His humanity, Jesus Christ was a child born. But as God’s only Son, He is not born, but given as the Savior of the world, begotten of His Father from eternity past.
The Bible says in Psalm 2:7, “I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; today I have become your Father.’”
And Matthew 3:37 says, “A voice from heaven said, ‘This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’”
Who can fully comprehend this incredible truth? The prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon profoundly put it this way:
“As well might a gnat seek to drink in the ocean, as a finite creature to comprehend the Eternal God. A God whom we could understand would be no God. If we could grasp him he could not be infinite, if we could understand him, then were he not divine. Jesus Christ then, I say, as a Son, is not born to us, but given. He was not born in this world as God’s Son, but he was sent, or given, so that you clearly perceive that the distinction is a suggestive one, and conveys much good truth to us. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.”
Knowing that the “secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever” (Deuteronomy 29:29), we can receive this truth of the Way The Christ-Child was . . . and a Son was given for you and me. And if we have received this truth by grace through faith, then we can be certain that it has been done “unto us” and that, dear reader, is the good news of great joy!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”