For to Us a Child is Born

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Luke 2:25-32

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

For to Us a Child is Born is a familiar phrase during the holiday season surrounding Christmas. Despite that, there are millions of people who have no idea what that means or what it is in reference.

For to Us a Child is Born is a prophecy regarding the birth of Jesus Christ. As the end of verse seven tell us, “The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” It is God who purposed it, and God who accomplished it by His unwavering commitment to bring about what He purposed. While not a direct prophetic Word about Christ, Isaiah 14:27 reveals that what God purposes He accomplishes it with zeal. Zeal is passion or an intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm for a person and cause. The person is God Himself and the cause is to restore man back into unity and fellowship with God. 

That is the meaning of For to Us a Child is Born. God, through Christ Jesus, would reconcile man to Him. Isaiah 59:2 tells us “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” How would man overcome this state of separation from God caused by man’s sin? He could not in and of himself. This is why mankind needed not just a savior but The Savior. Romans 5:10 tells us “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Furthermore, Colossians 1:19-21 tells us “19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.

Thank God that He declared and delivered For to Us a Child is Born. Acts 4:12 tells us that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Had Jesus not been born, there would be no deliverance from the curse and consequence of sin. Man would be left alone to account for the wrath of God for which he was accountable.

Have you rejected Jesus? Do you not believe that He is the Son of God, the Savior of the World? If you do not, you have sealed your fate if you die in that state of belief. Without Jesus being born, you and all mankind would be doomed to everlasting separation from God. That is commonly called Hell but represents man existing eternally in the lake of fire. Praise God though that For to Us a Child is Born!

Now, we know why it is said, Merry Christmas. There is no encouragement, cheer, joy or gladness without Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection. Hallelujah.


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