Unto Us A Child Is Born
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
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- Who He is.
- The context is “trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish” (Isaiah 8:22).
- By speaking of the Messiah as a “child” and “son” we have a reference to the virgin’s son of Isaiah 7:14.
- The use of this language emphasizes the humanity of the Messiah.
- Notice too that the Messiah child is “given” and “born.”
- Though the fulfillment of this prophecy is many years away, the text speaks as if He was already given.
- The promised Messiah would found a kingdom.
- It is a continuation of the glorious kingdom of David (“the throne of David”).
- The emphasis of the text speaks of the kind of kingdom it is: one of peace, justice and judgment.
- The person of the Messiah is further described in glorious names (not hyperbole for a great earthly king).
- “Wonderful Counsellor,” is a counselor who is a wonder.
- “Might God” The Messiah is divine and thus able to destroy all the kingdoms of this world.
- “Everlasting Father” with all the tender love toward the citizens of His rule.
- “Prince of Peace” again emphasizing His glorious royalty.
- The guarantee of fulfillment: “the zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this.”
- Consider the two facts presented: “Jehovah of hosts” and His “zeal.”
- Under God’s rule and because of His desire for the glory of His name, His every purpose is fulfilled.
- Our joy at Christmas is not yet full, for we still grieve over our sin and the wickedness of this world.