Jesus is born from Mary but the Bible also says he is born to you. Jesus is given from heaven but the Bible says he is a gift to you.
“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).
He who possesses all things belongs to you. The servant owns the Master! Is there any doubt that it’s not up to you to meet God? The message of Christmas assures you that God takes it upon himself to meet you. To meet you where you are right now.
Here are some of his AKA (“also known as”) names:
Wonderful Counselor. In today’s world of information overload it’s easy for the voice of God in our lives to be drowned out by the apparently urgent notifications flashing on our screens. Just as God sent his prophets long ago, many of whom performed miracles to get people’s attention, now he has spoken to us by the miraculous coming of his own Son. Jesus, the Wonderful Counselor, is an extraordinary consultant whose words always work and are always true. Listen to him.
Mighty God. In every circumstance Jesus is your valiant hero, your invincible warrior, strong to save. At Christmas we ponder his greatest strength, a silent strength that does not seek its own good but the good of sinners. Humbling himself as a human. He is Immanuel – God with us. We are never alone. Never helpless or hopeless. Jesus summons his ultimate powers to enter your deepest darkness.
Everlasting Father. Jesus is not boxed in by boundaries of time or space, or any laws of nature or limits of love. No longer confined to womb or tomb, Jesus is like a father who provides for and protects his believers with unlimited resources. Count on Jesus most. Go to Jesus first. Find in Jesus your best—your unlimited potential as a child of faith who belongs to him—to become his best version of you.
Jesus, the “Prince of Peace,” gives an otherworldly well-being to overburdened sales reps and underappreciated wives, to the aging man losing his abilities and to the child with learning disabilities, to the divorced and widowed, to those with failing health and those with forgotten hope. As a Son, he proved himself by obeying his Father’s will and died for your freedom. As a Prince, he used his power to rise from the dead and now lives to fight for your freedom. He rules your heart with his peace when you can’t find peace in this world. Take the peace of Jesus born to you, and hold him dearly.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, as the Christmas season builds, so build my faith, hope and love that is found only in you. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Read Isaiah 9:2-7. For further details about “Midian’s defeat” tune in tomorrow!