MONDAY, DECEMBER 25
“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 ESV
GOD’S GREATEST PROMISE
Pastor Ron Dunn took his young son to a carnival for his birthday. His son picked six boys to go with him, so Ron bought a roll of tickets. Every line he would come up to, he would pull off seven tickets and give them to all the kids. When they got to the Ferris wheel, all of a sudden there was this eighth little kid with his hand out. Ron said, “Who are you?” The kid said, “I’m Johnny.” Ron said, “Who are you, Johnny?” Johnny said, “I’m your son’s new friend. And he said you would give me a ticket.” Ron asked, “Do you think I gave him one? Absolutely.”
Today, as we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate God’s greatest promise. That promise was to send His Son, Jesus, to earth to rescue His people. In the book of Isaiah, the prophet Isaiah was desperately trying to get King Ahaz and the entire nation of Israel to trust in God wholeheartedly. God promised to send them a virgin born Messiah. Jesus was the fulfilment of that promise.
When God gave us His Son, He gave us His very best. And with a relationship with His Son we get everything else God has to offer. John 17:3 says: “This is the way to have eternal life: by knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ, the one He sent to earth.” Isaiah 9:6 uses several different names to describe the nature of Jesus. Take some time today to read this verse with friends and family. Have everyone share which name means the most to them this Christmas.