A Child Is Born-A Son Is Given
Anita Clark – Pastor, Carbondale, KS
“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” Isa. 9:6
This is a marvelous verse of prophecy of Jesus both as a human baby and as God’s Son. It shows both His divine nature and His human nature. The scripture above states, “a son is given.” He was born as a babe as every other human, yet given as God’s only begotten Son, the gift of God to the sinful world. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” These two facts (“a child is born, a Son is given) are key to “Peace on earth, good will to men” Luke 2:14.
In Isaiah 7:14 Isaiah prophesies, “Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” This title means, “God with us.” All these names are needed to express Jesus’ full identity of who and what He would become. Therefore, “the child” became, “The Wonderful Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” showing His absolute deity, and the unity with the eternal Triune Godhead, then “Prince of Peace.” Only Jesus can bring peace to the hearts of individual men, and bring world peace to this troubled world. In Colossians 2:3 referring to Christ it states, “In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” and “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” Col. 2:3,9.
Heb. 10:5,7 says, “Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering thou (God the Father) wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me...Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” This is quoted in the New Testament from Psalms 40:6-8. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah which would come to earth.
John 1:18 refers to the “bosom of the Father” as the place where Jesus was before His condescension to the earth to become a human. When He came to earth He gave up that place with the Father to be born as a babe, grow into a perfect man, die on the cross for the sins of all mankind, and the third day was resurrected! This hideous death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ was the will of the Father planned eons before the world was ever created.
Because of the perfect obedience of the Son of God to His Father God, the plan of salvation came about for all the human race. In John 10:17, Jesus says, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may might take it again” of course referring to the resurrection which took place three days after His death.
As John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already; because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” So, believing in Jesus as our Savior is much more then just believing in baby Jesus born of a virgin, born in a manger. We must believe in the Christ of the cross to be saved from our sins and receive eternal life. This is the complete plan of God for each person to be saved from sin and receive eternal life and live a life of victory through Him! This complete plan brought “Joy To the World.” and “Peace On Earth” which will come when Jesus Christ comes again.