For unto us a child is born

26 12 2010

“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, and the Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Christmas is such a special time of year for not just me but many people around the world. It brings families together to share in joy, love and giving in remembrance and celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Although I could go on to talk about the frustration I feel when some fail to put Christ at the center of Christmas (or even make Him part of the celebration at all), I will spare you. I wanted to simply share an e-mail I received last week from my pastor, Matt Hammett at Flood Church.It made me really stop in awe and wonder of the incarnation of Christ, something that I know seem to take for granted. Really, it was the greatest gift I have ever been given.

 

“Dear family,

Have you noticed how Christmas is embraced by our culture in a way that Good Friday and Easter are not? 9 out of 10 Americans celebrate Christmas in some way. Why? The Christmas message of “peace and goodwill toward all” seems so docile and affirming. But the message of Christmas is actually incredibly confrontational! Christmas reminds us that the world’s wisdom has failed to solve life’s greatest challenges.

Occasionally my kids get into disagreements. At times I might be upstairs studying and hear them squabbling about something. I could encourage them to resolve it themselves by attempting to counsel them from above. I could “send” my authoritative word down the stairs: Stop fighting and share! Or take turns. Great wisdom? Of course, but usually ineffective at resolving the situation. Often my words need to “become flesh.” I need to be incarnate with my kids in order to help them resolve the conflict. That is the message of Christmas. God had to come downstairs himself to address our problems. Nothing less than the very presence of God could solve what ails the world! God was willing to do anything necessary to rescue us. Jesus is “Word of the Father now in flesh appearing.”  “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, and the Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

May you experience the God of wonders this Christmas!”

 

In His love,

Stacey

 

 

 

 

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