Not Just A Baby In A Manger

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No Doubt About Jesus

All parents dreams of what their child will one day grow to be. I am no different with my boys. What career will they choose? What about sports? Who will they marry? Parents usually have tremendous hopes and dreams for their kids, but they have no way of knowing for sure what they will become.

When Jesus was a baby, his mother did not have to wonder what He would grow up to be. Isaiah made very clear what baby Jesus would one day do and be.

“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 greatness 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.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Whatever my children will one day be are only guesses teeming with possibilities for greatness. When Jesus was a baby and even many years before he was born, his destiny of greatness was already clear.

Focus on Jesus

This Christmas season, make a deliberate effort to focus not only on Jesus as a baby, but also on your current relationship with Him and how you are growing in that relationship. Intentionally consider the fact that this baby in the Nativity scene at Christmas is a King worthy of your best.

As the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” ask yourself if Jesus is getting your best. Remember that He knows your past, present and future, and He loves you exactly as you are today. He deserves the best you have to give.

What can you deliberately and intentionally change your focus to make sure Jesus is getting your best every day?

 

Sunday Reflections… “And He will be called…”

If there was only one Bible verse that I could remember and keep with me in a dark, dank prison cell, that verse would be Isaiah 9:6.

12-26-12 and he shall be called

Wonderful… The KJV separates “wonderful” from “counselor” as a description all of its own. Amazing (MSG). Excellent. Great. Marvelous. Astounding. Incomprehensible. Beyond human conception. The wonder of His love for us exists as perhaps the greatest mystery of our faith (1 Timothy 3:16).

Counselor… He gives all men counsel, His perfect knowledge of what’s best imparted to us. His counsel includes vast, immeasurable wisdom (Romans 11:33). Wisdom that comes when we wait, like Joseph did, before acting (Matthew 1:20). Counsel that comes when we give God time and space to move, when we refuse to listen to our flesh and instead wait for God to speak.

Mighty God… Could be translated “Strong Hero.” Mighty in battle (Psalm 24:8). He does what only He can do because of His limitless might and power. I watch a lot of movies that have heroes who inspire through their character shown in their actions. I seek out stories of real-life heroes in the face of tragedy and violence. Yet, no hero – fiction or real – comes close to my Mighty Hero God who has no limits.

Everlasting Father… An unending reign. Eternal Father. In a world where the only constant is change, having a Father whose reign has always been and always will be brings stability that cultivates tremendous hope (Isaiah 40:28).

Prince of Peace… His peace involves receiving the favor of God from the Prince of Wholeness (MSG). No end exists to the peace He brings, to His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3 & Isaiah 32:17). Perfect peace in an imperfect world. Then, one day, perfect peace in His Perfect Kingdom.

If I knew nothing else about my Lord, Isaiah 9:6 would be enough. It reveals His character and His heart. It reveals what He wants to do and be in my life.

DISCUSSION: What would be your “one verse” and why?