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Birth Announcement Sent Early

Isaiah 9:1-7

Verse 6 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, Prince of Peace.

We continue our walk through the conundrums of the Advent. Today’s conundrum is something we would not expect in our world.

Though we have the best of modern technology and can know the gender of a child before it is born, we don’t send out or post birth announcements until after the child is born. Today’s verse was a birth announcement that came before the child was born. Generations before! This birth announcement went out even before the parents or grandparents were born!

This was a very special birth announcement. Not only was it very early in its delivery, it speaks to the very nature of the Messiah. Notice it gives two components of the child to be born and they are both given in present tense. First is says that a child is born. This was pointing towards the fact that the Messiah would be human. If He wasn’t human He couldn’t have lived among His creation. Nor would He have had blood to shed on our behalf. He also had to be born and not just show up as an adult. It had to be obvious who He was even before He was born.

Now the second part of the birth announcement is a real puzzler. “To us a son is given.” This is significant as it speaks of His deity. It doesn’t say that a son is born but rather that He is given. This shows that He is the Son of God and that He is given. He wasn’t here because of any human effort. He was given because no human could live the perfect life that was required to fulfill the needed sacrifice.

Next Isaiah says that this baby will have the government on His shoulders. A baby, born to a small town, engaged virgin will have the government on His shoulders?! That sure seems laughable! His heavenly kingship is not in view here, the heavenly government was never off His shoulders but the government of earth was a different story. The government of the Jewish people and the Roman rulers could not let Him be. From the time He was a child the earthly rulers sought to kill Him. King Herod wanted to wipe out the potential threat to His kingdom and the religious leaders felt a threat to their rule.

Making It Personal

What does it mean to you that Jesus was born as a human? What does it mean to you that God came as a man? Does He rule your heart and life?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to you that Jesus was born as a human? What does it mean to you that Jesus is God? Do you think of Jesus as the one that is your king?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for sending us this Child, the Son and King of Kings. Only You could have come up with such a plan. Help us surrender to Your Kingship. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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