For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 ESV).
“…Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10b-11 ESV).
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:14 KJV).
Unto us a Child is born. To us a Son is given. He is Wonderful. He is our Counselor. He is Mighty, Everlasting – the Prince of Peace. Jesus is the answer to the plight of a fallen and broken world.
Heralded by angels. Laid in a manger. Attended by shepherds. The holy Child who the prophets looked steadfastly into the future to see is with us now, ready to abide forever in every heart that will receive him.
All around us, crises have reached the boiling point, with no end in sight. It seems there is nowhere to turn to avoid riots, fires, blizzards, disease, hunger, strife, terror, loneliness.
Let’s pause for a moment from all the busyness, not only of the holiday season, but from all the stress, worry and struggle we see on every side attempting to swamp our lives, and remember why we are here, and to whom we belong.
Jesus is exactly and precisely who the Word of God says he is. He is Wonderful. He is our perfect Counselor, to whom we can turn at any time for consolation and comfort. He is Mighty, to save and to heal. He gives us his strength in times of need. He is Everlasting – he does not change! What he did two thousand years ago, he does for all those who come to him as Lord and Savior.
He is the Prince of Peace, and through his Holy Spirit, Jesus gives us his peace that flows, not from worldly circumstances but from the very throne of Grace. When the storms of life rage all around us, Jesus says, Peace! Be Still! Know that I Am God!
At this time of year, it is easy to become heavy laden with many burdens. Jesus does not want us to be bowed down under the weight of the cares of the world. He came from heaven to earth as the Son of God, to walk with us as the Son of Man, cradled in a virgin womb, laid in a manger, hung from a cross and placed in a tomb; he rose again to dwell forever in our hearts and give us his peace.
Unto us a Son is given. Unto us a Child is born. For God so loves the world.
As we prepare to come together in fellowship with the ones we love in this season of joy and light and giving, can we prepare him room in our hearts, and receive the gift of his everlasting peace and comfort? Jesus does not give as the world gives. What he gives he does not take away, it does not rust or grow old, and it never decreases. His gifts are freely given and unconditional – a matter of grace. His gift of peace is living, powerful and active. The more of his peace, love and joy we receive, the more we have to give.
Our prayer for us all is that we will be more abundantly blessed in the love of God this holiday season than we can imagine, and that in being blessed, God will guide us to be a blessing, to shine the light of the gift of Christmas into a dark and stumbling world – for the glory of God Almighty.
All of us at Speak Comfort wish you Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and every blessing in the New Year. We thank God for you daily, and you're in our hearts and prayers.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.
(Joy to the World: Lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1719)