Advent 2016 Day 16


In the marvelous prophecy contained in Isaiah 9, we see some incredible things about the coming Messiah. First we see an incredible process. “Unto us a child is born.” That reflects for us the humanity of Jesus. The birth of Christ did not deviate from any other process of human births that had been experienced.

I am personally not of the persuasion that Mary floated three feet off the ground as she walked while bearing the Christ child within her. I think her feet hurt. Her back ached. Maybe she got morning sickness. The hormones within her human, adolescent body were working overtime. She had a baby… a boy.

But alongside that human experience was a supernatural one. We live in a naturalistic world, meaning, the only things that are considered true or important are those we can experience with our five senses or reproduce in scientific method. To the naturalistic mind, the universe is a closed system and only what is inside that “box” matters.

At Christmas, we celebrate a wonderful reality that God broke in! That is a reality that surpasses all that we know around us and overcomes our fear and doubt and skepticism: “a son was given!” God came down at Christmas. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God burst in at Christmas.

And today, if you’ll invite Him and open your heart to Him, He’ll invade your world as well!

FOR MEDITATION: 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

FOR REFLECTION: What areas of your life are still “locked up” to the One Who came at Christmas? Isn’t it time to open those doors….to Him?


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