B is for baby –
Who is this baby named Jesus – this baby, born centuries ago in a cave in Bethlehem – this baby whose birth we still celebrate – this baby who forever changed the world?
Isaiah 9:6 foretells of this baby – “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” [NASB] The Jews, who had been under the rule of many different governments for centuries, had been waiting and waiting for this promised King. They believed he would come and free their nation, solving all their immediate problems and hardships.
However, this isn’t exactly what God had in mind when He made this promise in Isaiah. His plan was a more permanent, eternal plan. This plan is further revealed in Luke 1: 31-33, when the angel Gabriel tells Mary, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” [NLT]
This baby named Jesus, born of virgin, was sent to earth by God the Father to become salvation for dying world. The gift of this child, was meant for all mankind, for all time. As you prepare for Christmas this year, I pray that you remember, each and every day, that He was sent, not just for the Jews, not just for a moment in time, but He was sent for you and for me for all of eternity. All that we need to do is accept the gift of salvation, so that we might know this Jesus who was born to Mary and Joseph that first Christmas night.