Grace For The Journey
As we look forward to celebrating the birth of our blessed Savior tomorrow, I would like to encourage you with just one of the many promises that Christmas has kept. I’m confident that this found in in Isaiah’s majestic prophecy – will encourage you and strengthen your walk with Christ.
That Promise Is . . .
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given . . .” (Isaiah 9:6)
In the third chapter of Genesis, God made a promise to send a Savior into this world Who would ultimately crush the head of the serpent and redeem His people from sin and death. God declared in Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed.”
This Savior would be
A very special Child born
. . . and a Son given!
You see, in that promise God made, the Redeemer would come from the “seed” of the woman and not the seed of the man. It would be a supernatural conception, accomplished by the power of the Most High God, and that conception God would fulfill His promise to the world. Even though He was conceived by the Spirit of God, Jesus was a child born just like any other person – as a helpless infant, who needed the loving care and protection of His parents.
But Jesus was so much more
Than just a babe born in a manger!
Jesus was fully man.
He was the fulfillment of every man
In the Old Testament
Who pointed to the perfect Man.
Jesus is the last Adam,
The better Moses,
The greater David;
He is the Prophet
Who makes God known,
The Great High Priest,
The King of kings!
But, as Isaiah wrote, this Child born was also a Son given.
Jesus was fully man, yes, but . . .
He is also fully God,
And as God’s only begotten Son,
He was not “born.”
He was given,
As the second person of the eternal Trinity,
To complete God’s perfect plan
For the redemption of the world.
This Son given God-head from eternity past. He is the great “I Am,” who is dependent on no one or nothing for His existence. He had no beginning and He will have no end. He is eternally co-equal in the God-head. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. He is Lord!
It is my heartfelt prayer that, as Christmas Day draws near, this promise will encourage you to praise God for such an indescribable gift . . . a child born and a Son given . . . Immanuel – “God with us!”
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.”