A Christ Conscious Birth
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) 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.
Isaiah shares the very heart and center of a Christ conscious Births. Seven centuries before the heavenly messengers aroused the drowsy Judean shepherds, Isaiah; the evangelist of the Old Testament identifies five glorious names for this Christ child. They tell us who this Christ-child is and what He must mean to our modern world.
Can also be translated ‘The Miracle.’
What’s wonderful about this Christ-child? It is in the realization that this Babe in the manger is the superhuman solution to the great and universal problem of sin.
Ezek 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. and goes on to say, Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
God then emphasizes the individual weaknesses and inconsistencies that abound in every life and says, (2 Sam. 12:7)‘Thou art the man.’
Finally, to everyone who humbly and gratefully accepts Christ for who and what He is shall all be assured of this miracle-working love which is told, Matt 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
READ Romans 10:9-13
Thousands upon thousands are making their journey through this life looking and needing a capable, competent counselor. The past year has brought long series of disappointments of various kinds and degrees.
Here is a Counselor who is concerned first and foremost with the soul of mankind. This counselor says,
Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Get right with God. This great Counselor will tell you the way to do just that. Christ will say,
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
This wonderful counselor will tell us,
Matt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
The Mighty God
We have here the real essential Christ of Christmas. We have the God-man.
Matt 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us
I sometimes wonder whether beneath all the hurry and the scurry of the worldly holiday called Christmas, we realize the practical meaning of this truth, that God became man, that He lived and walked and had His being here on earth, in the closest contact with sin-stained men. Immanuel – God with us.
The Everlasting Father
Forevermore, Yes! God with us as the all-sufficient, all-embracing Friend, Guide, and Savior, now and forever more. Loving children are coming to a loving Father. He is Available for all eternity.
Isa 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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The Prince of Peace
The sweetest note of the Christ’ birth message comes from the last name Isaiah gives for the Christ Child. The anthem that goes out in this war torn world is ‘Prince of peace”
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Source: Walter A. Maier
Source: additional outline and comments by Bro Ron Papa