"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" Isaiah 9:6-7
This passage about Jesus was written some 600 years before he was even born. Here are some other prophecies about the birth of Jesus written long before he arrived. The Old Testament is full of prophecies fulfilled by Jesus.
Isaiah 7:14 Born of a virgin
Micah 5:2 Born in Bethlehem
Jeremiah 31:15 Herod's murder of all babies in Bethlehem
Hosea 11:1 Jesus would escape Herod's brutality by traveling to Egypt
But what I want to focus on now is the phrase "a Son is given" You see, I have a son, an only son, who I love with all my heart. In fact, my children are the only people on earth I would sacrifice my life for. And I believe most parents feel the same way. But would I send my son to an excrutiating death in order to save the life of someone else I loved? Probably not. Would I send him for someone who was my enemy, someone who belittled me, shunned me, rejected me? NEVER. But my love is human, selfish and flawed and I can never understand the perfect, unconditional love of God. When God sent Jesus to take on human form and be born as an infant in that manger, I don't think He was looking at Jesus as a cute little baby. I think God saw His Son, mangled and mutilated, hanging on a cross. And it broke God's heart. He could have called Jesus home at any time during his 33 years here on earth, but He didn't. What manner of Love is this? Incredible.
If you are feeling blue this season, if you have problems you're battling, or even if you're overwhelmed by gift-buying and decorating and parties and you seem to have lost the true meaning of Christmas along the way, click on this link and take a few minutes out of your busy day to watch this video. You'll be glad you did.
If you'd like to enter another drawing for The Red Siren, please leave a comment about what Christmas means to you. I'll draw a name on Monday next week. Also, my publisher is having a drawing of their own on their blog. You can also enter your name there to win a free copy as well. Here's the link The Edit Cafe
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!