Monday, December 24, 2007

And He will be called...

"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... from that time on and forever." (Isaiah 9: 6 - 7 NIV)

Isaiah couldn't have had any earthly idea that a Messiah would be born, and that he would be accorded all the titles that Jesus was accorded. Isaiah lived at least 600 years before the birth of Christ, yet his prophecies so accurately predict his birth. This could only have been by Divine insight, since there are over 200 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled concerning the coming Messiah. You might think this is no big deal, but put another way, your perspective might change:

It's been said that the chances of one man fulfilling all of the prophecies concerning the Messiah (if he were not truly the Messiah), are slimmer than the chances of a high wind blowing through a metal scrapyard and assembling a boeing 747 in its wake. Wow! Jesus is God incarnate, whether we give mental assent to that fact or not! The calumny of men simply leaves me bemused at how they think they can erase truth by simply denying it. I hope your Christmas is meaningful and Christ centered, otherwise your celebrations might just be an exercise in futility.


Hope said...

Beautiful! This very topic was the subject of the sermon at our church yesterday. Merry Christmas.

Joseph said...

Thank you Hope. I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.