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Christmas: A Child is Born and a Son is Given

As we approach Christmas, there’s few greater verses in the Old Testament than Isaiah 9:6. It deals with Jesus’ birth, and Him being given up a sacrifice for our sins, His future reign as Kings of kings and Lord of lords as well as names describing His person.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6

A Child is Born and a Son is Given

Praise the Lord that this Christmas a child was born in a manger these many years ago for the express purpose of God the Father offering up and sacrificing His Son for the sins of the world – For You and Me.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16

“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” ~ Romans 8:32

“For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” ~ Hebrews 10:14

The Government Shall be upon His Shoulder

Jesus is the great burden bearer. We weren’t meant to carry the burdens of life ourselves. If we try, we will surely buckle under its heavy load. Let the burdens of life rest upon His shoulders. He is Able!

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” ~ Psalm 55:22

“Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7

His Name Shall be Called:

  1. Wonderful – Jesus is altogether wonderful. He is the bright and morning star, the lily of the valley, the one who alone can make life wonderful.
  2. Counselor – He is not simply wonderful, He is a Wonderful Counselor! Do you have problems? Do you need someone to talk to? Jesus is the best counselor you’ll ever find. Take your problems to the one who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities.

    “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our infirmities – weaknesses, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” ~ Hebrews 4:15

    He’ll understand your problem like none other. You can unload your problems onto Him and He will carry your burden for you and lighten the weight of your cares, carrying them for you (Matthew 11:28-30).

  3. The Mighty God – Jesus is not just a wonderful counselor, He is very God incarnate. He said to John the Revelator, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, THE ALMIGHTY!” ~ Revelation 1:8
  4. Everlasting Father – Jesus is not God the Father, but God the Son. Why then is He called Everlasting Father? The father of anything is the originator of that particular custom or thing. Jesus is the originator of eternal life. He was the first to rise from the dead never to die again. He said,

    “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” ~ John 11:25-26

    Because He lives, we shall live also!

  5. The Prince of Peace – There will never be peace in this world of ours until “The Prince of Peace” returns. When He returns, then and only then will there be peace from shore to shore.

    There will never be peace in our lives personally either until Jesus, “The Prince of Peace” reigns in our heart and life. “He is our peace.” ~ Ephesians 2:14

    “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~ John 14:27

    “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33

    “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” ~ Isaiah 26:3

Now may “The Prince of Peace” rule in your heart and life this Christmas season and throughout your entire life!

Starting a new church or ministry is one of the most rewarding things you can do to advance the gospel, but it can also be very challenging. With over 40 years of church planting and ministry experience, Dr. Linton's passion is to encourage, support and equip pastors and church leaders.