Read Isaiah 9:6-7 and Luke 1:26-33
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. Isaiah 9:6-7
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Luke 1:26- 33
This passage in Isaiah is probably pretty familiar, right? Itʼs one of those passages we hear a lot at Christmas. And because of this, we can easily kind of pass over its importance.
Take a second, slow down, and let this awesome truth sink in.
Isaiah 9:6-7 was written by, you guessed it, Isaiah. Now, Isaiah was one of Godʼs chosen messengers. We call these guys prophets. Isaiah was passing along Godʼs words at a time when Godʼs chosen people, the Israelites, had completely turned their backs on God. Godʼs people had stopped counting on God and His promises. God had given them tons of warning, but they hadnʼt listened. So, Isaiahʼs message was one of coming judgment. (Which probably didnʼt make him very popular at parties.)
However, because God is who He is, even His message of judgment carried hope.
Isaiah 9:6-7 is all about hope.
Itʼs about a hopeful future, one in which God once and for all provides a way out from under the weight of our sins.
Fast forward something like 700-800 years and you see this message of hope coming to life in Luke 1:26-33. The little baby God was forming in Maryʼs stomach? He was the same promised savior Isaiah was writing about in Isaiah 9:6-7.
Long before God sent Jesus to this earth, He knew the plan. In fact, Godʼs sending His own Son to live and breathe and walk this earth was always the plan. God has always known that Jesus would be the answer to a perfect relationship between God and His children. Which is great news for you and me. But to see this plan come to life, Jesus had to come to earth.
And thatʼs what Christmas is all about.
Think About This…
- God has had a plan to rescue you from the pain and scars of your sins for all eternity. How does that help you trust Him with your worries, concerns, and future?
- Take a moment to pray to God, thanking Him for being a God of action who works in the world, the lives of His followers, and your own life!