For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His Shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. I love that. He is Wonderful. He is Counselor. Mighty God. The Everlasting Father. And our Prince of Peace. When I hear those words I think about Handel’s Messiah, a beautiful portrait of our King Jesus. Many years ago I was part of the choir at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and we performed Handel’s Messiah. It was a moving and memorable experience of awe-filled-ness. My recommendation is for everyone to hear it in its entirety, and if you’re in for a huge singing experience, to participate in it as a performer. It will change your life!
How amazing it is that Jesus would leave the glory of Heaven to be born of a Virgim! He left the glory of His Heavenly realm to be identified with us by taking upon Himself flesh. He is Jesus. The Incarnate. Glory revealed. Being both fully God and fully man (100% God and 100% man), He came to bear the weight of the sins of the World: past, present, and future.
I am in awe of His indescribable gift! His unselfish gift of GRACE, to be born with one purpose: to be our Sacrificial Lamb. He is wonderful!
I’m not sure of your familiarity with the Redemptive picture given to us through the Old Testament. God gave Moses a plan, a plan for a Tabernacle in which God would dwell among His chosen people, Israel. In that plan, God also included instructions for the Priests to offer sacrifices on the behalf of the sins of the people of Israel. It was by that plan that God chose to reveal the gift of redemptive sacrifice; a plan that was a precursor to eternity’s complete redemptive sacrifice for sin; Jesus.
Even in the midst of the camp in the Wilderness, and in the Tabernacle, itself, a picture of the Cross was revealed, even if the people of Israel failed to see it. As the camp of Israel moved across the desert wilderness, even in their procession of the tribes, a Cross was formed. The Cross was also in the Tabernacle, with the golden lampstand and the table of shewbread forming the horizontal and the Ark of the Covenant (Mercy Seat), the Altar of Incense, the Bronze Laver (basin), and the Bronze Altar forming the vertical. Within the first plan, the second was reflected. Can you imagine, God, looking down on His footstool, Earth, to see His perfect plan crossing the desert Wilderness? Beautiful fullness of His marvelous Grace!
Jesus came so that we may have open access to God! Remember, the veil in the Temple in Jerusalem was torn from the top down after Jesus’ death on the Cross. The veil, representing Jesus’ flesh, was torn just as His flesh was torn, to cancel out the need for any more sin sacrifices before an Almighty God. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for Redemption, and He is the perfect picture of God’s Grace poured and spilled out for mankind.
To celebrate Christmas we must also in that act celebrate His Resurrection. One cannot exist without the other. He came to fulfill the Law of the Old Testament making it possible for us to have an eternal celebration of His glorious gift of Life in and through Him. He made a way for us to be His Tabernacle dwelling on this earth. His death and Resurrection made it possible for us to enter the Holy of Holies and then one day to be in His new Tabernacle (Rev. 21).
To know Jesus as Lord and Savior is to be indwelled by Him, THE Hope of Glory (Col.1:27). It pleased God for His fullness to dwell in Jesus, and by that fullness to reconcile all things back to the Father. His shed blood on the cross brought us peace (Col. 1:19-22). He is our Prince of Peace. His reconciliation is available to all, although not all will open His gift of eternal life, it is there waiting for anyone to open it.
So long ago, God sent His One and Only Son to be born as a babe. The weight of the world’s sin was on that little baby’s shoulders. As Jesus grew, the weight of our sin was still upon His shoulders, but it did not hold Him back from what He came to earth to do. However, the weight of our sin kept us from God. It was a weight that could only be swept away by the sacrifice of the perfect and unblemished Lamb of God; Jesus. He was the perfect solution to our sin problem. Oh, the awesomeness of His Grace wrapped into a perfect little bundle that would lead to our redemption. The Birth of Christ was wrapped with the love of His spilt blood on the Cross.
Beautiful, matchless grace!
May we live in Awe of His Grace all our days!
Thank you, Jesus, for the most beautiful of gifts…You!
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”
***Apparently WordPress no longer allows uploads of videos without paying for a video upgrade, so I would ask that you go to youtube and look up the song, It’s About the Cross by Go Fish. It is very fitting for this blog entry.