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. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
More than Meets the Eye
A father gave his one-year-old son a wooden toolbox with a hammer, wrenches, nuts, bolts, and pegs for him to hammer into holes. But his son didn’t know how to play with this toy that said on the side of the box, “For ages 3+.” He was still too young. A year and a half went by. Finally, his son began to play with his tool kit. He could use all the tools. He could fasten the pieces together. It took him some time, but now he appreciates his toolbox.
Did you get a present you weren’t really excited about this Christmas? It may not seem like much now. Maybe your appreciation will grow once you begin to understand why it was so valuable.
Jesus didn’t look like much of a gift when he was born. After all, lots of children are born into the world. What makes him so valuable? Listen to the names given him in Isaiah’s prophecy: “…he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” Those are the names that describe who Jesus is and what Jesus does. He will never fail to forgive you as your Wonderful Counselor. He will never fail to strengthen you as your Mighty God. He will never fail to love you as your Everlasting Father. He will never fail to comfort you as the Prince of Peace. He will never fail to live up to his names because you are his child. He will never fail you!
May your appreciation for the Christmas gift of Christ grow as you understand more and more the precious value of the names for Jesus!
Keep your Word in my heart, dear Lord, so I grow to see how precious the gift you have given in your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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