THE CHILD BORN THE SON GIVEN
FOR UNTO US
‘But in the latter time He will make it glorious, by the way of the sea of Galilee the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death, upon them has the Light shone’. [Isaiah 9:1-2] ‘9:6 ‘for unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given’.
My previous 2 posts were about the Light that came in to the darkness, and the Light of the world was Christ. Verse 6 reveals more about the person who was THE LIGHT and was to be THE LIGHT! It was Messiah, Christ! In to this dark and gloomy natural and spiritual climate the child was born and the Son was given. As an aside, I have heard many people say that they would never want children because the world is so evil and dark! However, what if Mozart or Handell had never been born because their parents feared the darkness of the world! Or Lincoln or Rembrandt. Or mother Theresa or Thomas Edison! What if Mary the mother of Jesus had the same sentiments! Our very own children can be lights in a dark and wicked age and do their bit to dispel the darkness.
The child [Jesus] was born, but the Son was given! The child was the flesh, blood, bone and soul vessel/instrument that the Christ [Spirit] was given to occupy to secure the salvation of all who would believe upon Him and receive Him in to their hearts. The Son [Christ] already existed and was incarnated but not born, the CHILD was born! He was the Logos [the Word] He was before all things came in to existence and all things were created by Him and through Him when the world came into existence. When God said ‘let there be light’, Christ was that light! The sun was not created until day 4! When the Bible said God spoke and it came in to being, it was Christ, the Son, the eternal Logos [Word] whom God spoke through. ‘In the beginning [BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE EXISTED] was the word, [CHRIST] He created everything there is-nothing exists that He didn’t make’ [John 1:1&3]
The child was born in the natural way, but conceived through supernatural means! The Son was given. He was God’s very own beloved Son! He was God’s very special gift to mankind to be our Saviour and deliverer. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life’ [John 3:16] That is how important you and I are to God! Into the dark and gloomy climate of our world, human existence and our hearts, God gave the most precious thing He could give, His only Son, to be our Redeemer!
Read my paraphrase of John 3:16 below and put your name or an unsaved family member or friend’s name in the blank spaces.
FOR GOD SO LOVED [John ] THAT HE SENT HIS VERY PRECIOUS GIFT, HIS OWN SON DOWN IN TO THE GLOOMY DARKNESS OF HUMAN EXISTENCE AND [ ‘s ] HEART. HE SO LOVED [ ] THAT IF ONLY [ ] WOULD BELIEVE IN HIS SON AND RECEIVE THE SON BY FAITH, THEN [ ] WOULD RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE AND WOULD NEVER PERISH, BUT [ ] WOULD BE PRESERVED FOR EVER’.
PRAYER I prayed this prayer 30 years ago and have never regretted it nor ever looked back! If you have already done the above, then spend some time praising and thanking God for your salvation. If you know unsaved family, friends or colleagues, then pray for their salvation! Put their names in the blanks.
For unto us a Child is born Unto us a Son is given And the government Shall be upon His shoulder And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor The Mighty God The Everlasting Father The Prince of Peace. “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” is based on Isaiah 9:6. The music is from “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel.
PS that’s so weird, as I was proof reading this before posting it and as I am listening to classical Christmas, this very song came on! Thank you Lord! This post is going to impact some folk I believe!