Isaiah 9:6 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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace
The typical Christmas celebration involves going to church, spending time with friends and family with an array of food, drinks and music. All these things are good. However, it is Important that we take it a bit further and make Jesus real to us this Christmas. The first part of Isaiah 9:6 says “for unto us a child is born and unto us a son is given”. It indicates the way in which some of us see Jesus. Some of us still see Him as a child in a manger. If we see him this way, we see Him less than he actually is. For others, we see Him as the only son of God, although that is good, if we see Him as the son of God without any real relationship with Him, we would have missed the real purpose of His coming. He wants to be real to us through a personal relationship with Him.
Isaiah 9 identifies 6 ways in which we can make Jesus real to us. It started by saying that the “government shall be upon his shoulder”, which indicates that as the King of kings and Lord of lords He has sovereign authority over the earth. We make Him real to us in this way by making Him Lord of our lives.
The scripture continued by saying that “His name shall be called, wonderful, counselor, mighty God, the everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace”.He is “wonderful” when we experience Him as the miracle worker and as our “counselor”. He is our source of wisdom. As the mighty God there is nothing that He cannot do and as the everlasting Father he has no beginning nor end.
Finally, as The Prince of Peace, we experience Peace that is beyond all human understanding. It is His desire to be all these things to you and more. But, for that to happen you must make Him real to you.
Life Application: Make Jesus real to you by making a commitment to develop or deepen a personal relationship with Him. Have a Merry Christmas Everyone.
Prayer: Lord, we celebrate your birth and you coming to earth as our savior and king. May we never lose the real meaning of Christmas and cultivate a deeper relationship with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.