SUNDAY December 3, 2017
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God
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. - Isaiah 9:6
Christmas time is when we reflect on Isaiah’s prophecy concerning Christ: For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given… A Baby was born in a humble shelter and placed in a manger, in the town of Bethlehem. He came to us as an innocent Child, and yet, upon His shoulder would rest the government––He would be a great and just Ruler.
God’s Son is given the names: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. What incredible titles given to this Baby! What an amazing prophecy about the coming Savior. He came for one solitary purpose––the salvation of men.
Imagine what Mary thought when she held her baby for the first time in her arms. She knew who He was. She not only knew God’s Word and His prophecies but the angel Gabriel had revealed God’s plan to her. Gabriel told her she was favored by God, and chosen to conceive a child by the Holy Spirit: He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32).
When she was holding her baby––Jesus, I think she must have pondered on everything the angel Gabriel revealed to her. She must have been amazed. How could this defenseless child hold so much responsibility? Although human, He was God. Through His willingness to be obedient to the Father’s plan, salvation for all men came to the earth in the form of an innocent babe.
The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.
~Ralph W. Sockman~
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