“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“ Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV).
A child is born.
When I held my baby moments after birth, joy flooded my entire being, immediately alleviating the agonizing pain of labor and delivery. My thoughts swirled, a mixture of awe, wonder, and the sheer terror of responsibility in raising this brand-new person cradled against my pounding heart. Birth is always a miraculous and spiritually significant experience.
In the city of Bethlehem on a seemingly ordinary night, the fulfillment of Isaiah’s long-treasured prophecy began. The prophet foretold this glorious night more than 600 years earlier. Unto us a Child is born. Not just any child. Though every baby is a miracle, this one was different. This baby emerged from the womb of a teen girl to a waiting, longing world, greeted not by the open arms of grandparents and extended family, but by a stall that smelled of hay and animals. Away from the comforts of home with her husband beside her, the young mother tenderly swaddled her infant son and made do with a manger for a crib. Nothing of the challenging circumstances even hinted at the infinite worth of this tiny King, the Son God gave to a broken, dying world.
Laying aside the splendor of heaven and piercing the dark night with stark, unexpected humility, the long-awaited Messiah was born, stepping into His earthly life as a vulnerable and helpless baby. Incredible, isn’t it?
Philippians 2:5-7 instructs us,
“Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity.” (CSB)
May the immensity of Christ’s birth that epic night, and the Father’s unfathomable holy gift of His Son, permeate your thoughts this Christmas season. May His presence and truth lift your burdens and strengthen your heart for whatever life may hold, for unto us a Child is born . . .
Merry Christmas, precious women of God!