Isaiah 7:14; 9:2, 6-7 (ESV)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel…The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined…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. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
There is so much meat in these verses; I’ve had a hard time dissecting it into a brief thought. But what strikes me the most in these verses is God’s personal involvement in the gift of Christ. Christ, being the obedient Son that he is, was willing to come to the earth, as he “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped” and “made himself nothing…being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7). However, he was the Father’s gift. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.”
Growing up, whenever I carefully peeled each piece of tape to carefully reveal what my grandparents gave to me, my grandpa would always say, “I spent a long time picking that out for you,” even though we knew he had nothing to do with it. He doesn’t do shopping so well; he always calls our local grocery store, which is really called Hen House, the Blue Goose. We knew Grandma had done the shopping.
But our heavenly Father knew his gift to us perfectly, because it was his own Son. He would be:
God with us (Immanuel).
A light shining in the darkness.
The eternal leader.
The Wonderful Counselor.
The Mighty God.
The Everlasting Father.
The Prince of Peace.
The bringer of eternal peace.
The Son of David.
God, like an anxious parent waiting to see the delighted expression of his child as he opens that early Christmas morning gift, would accomplish all of this in his zeal. Our God is delighted when his children delight in him.
And what hope that gives to us, because “he who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” (Romans 8:32)?