TO US A CHILD IS BORN
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past, he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali but in the future, he will honor Galilee of the gentiles, by the way of the sea along the Jordan. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death alight has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you and people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when diving plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the York that burdens them. The bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warriors boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning will be fuel for fire.
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 establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and ever forever. The zeal of the lord almighty will accomplish this.
Against the prophecy of chapter 8 that spelled doom and destruction for the children of Israel, the Assyrians who had laid cordon on the Israelites humbling the land of Zebulun and Naphtali the above excerpt speaks of an honoring of the Galilee of the gentiles which was regarded with disdain that nothing good will come out of.
The Assyrians whom God had fixed as his instrument to bring judgement to the Israelites, had laid siege on the congregation of Israel. But God in his own wisdom had appointed a savior for his people in the most unlikely of places-the galilee.
As the people were living in great distress and gloom. Their lands were desolate, their women and children were being taken as slaves. But even so, Isaiah predicts that God will honor them through the birth of a son who will bring liberation to them. There will be joy and peace when the child will be born to them.
For them, they did not understand how their salvation would come through a child. For you and I, as we celebrate this season of Christmas we must remember three things;
- The child who was born wasn’t just an ordinary child. in John 1:1-5;
In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the life of men the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:1-5
Before the beginning of time, he was there. And even amid the trials we are going through as a nation, the darkness and gloom God has already made a provision for all. He is the word made flesh to bring light to a troubled world we are living in.
Though all seems bleak around us, whatever God has said about us your family and this nation shall come to pass. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we must acknowledge that God has made a way for us as his people. He has made an intervention in these dark times in the name of a baby born in a manger.
Before the world was formed, he already had a plan that Christ will be born to bring light to a dark world and save all who will acknowledge him as their savior. He left his glory above, and lived among us to show us that we can walk in righteousness.
- Light has come in the world.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age. Titus 2:11-12
His birth signifies that a people who walk in darkness have seen a great light. Once we were not a people now we are. The reality of salvation has been granted to all those who accept him. It is easy to get into hopelessness but God offers us a way out through his son Jesus Christ by granting us mercy and grace for whatever transgressions we commit.
His coming is a way out of the darkness we are seeing all around us. He offers us healing for all our sicknesses, forgiveness of sins, a way out of discouraging situations. Once were not a people but now we are his people. His coming gives hope to that family struggling with divorce, drunkenness, witchcraft, and all manner of evil.
- We shouldn’t make a mistake of not recognizing the savior
In our own appetites, we overlook the way God is doing things and concentrate on how he is doing them. We do not esteem the package he answers our prayer because we are so engrossed on our own ways and imaginations of how it should be.
We overlook the baby born in a manger, from a not a well to do family and miss the blessing that he comes with. We may be targeting employment from a certain company but he answers our prayers by telling us to start our own business. And we might despise the idea not knowing the blessing therein.
Most times his answers to our prayers come disguised in packages we may not like. But he has answered us, only we haven’t recognized he has done so already. And when the realization hits us of our ignorance, all we can do is praise his name.
Because he is the light that breaks every yoke, the forgiver of every sin, the way maker when we are against the wall, the healer when all treatment fails, the counselor when your marriage is on the rocks, the idea giver when you are without employment and the favor giver when you have no connections.
When you are celebrating this season year after year remember that he came to make your yoke easy, and your burdens light only if you recognize him. Merry Christmas!
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