For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
Merry Christmas! Our waiting is over. Christ is born, those who lived in a land of deep darkness—them light has shined. I hope that as you enjoy this glorious day; as you open those thoughtfully given presents, as you enjoy time and break bread with loved ones, that you remember the world earth-shattering truth of this day. God has broken down all barriers between God and God’s people.
I find one of the most powerful truths of Christ’s birth is that this is not just the unfolding of God’s divine plan but an defining act of God done “for us” and “to us”. “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us”. God became like us, took on all that it meant to be flesh, blood, and the hardest part – all that bound within. And God did it for us, like a parent backing away from the stove, getting up from the desk, crouching down and meeting their child’s pain eye to eye. God our “Wonderful Counselor, [our] Mighty God, [our] Everlasting Father, [the] Prince of Peace” walks this journey right beside us.
– The Reverend Ben Maas