For unto us…

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. – Isaiah 9:6

Such a great Scripture passage, this prophesy in the Old Testament let everyone know that Christ, the MESSIAH, would come to earth. But it also serves as a reminder of our soon-to-be returning MESSIAH – Jesus Christ, who came initially in Bethlehem; He will return again to bring us home to Him.

Unfortunately, some people use Scripture out of context, giving it a meaning that isn’t intended. So, what is the background to this passage?

Isaiah 9:1 states “Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.” So, simply described, the reason and purpose behind this Scripture is to let everyone know that even in such a dark world, like that of ours, where sin has run rampant, Christ was here. He came to earth to redeem us. He shed His blood as a way to forgive our sins.

And His resurrection is proof to us that we can trust in Him and look to Him for eternal life.

Thus, next time you see a Nativity Scene, I ask that you say a prayer of Thanks to God for allowing His Son to come to earth to redeem us and make us worthy of receiving eternal Salvation as Children of God. And next time somebody says “happy holidays,” respond with a joyous “Merry Christmas,” because Christ is the reason we have this season.

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