Isaiah 9: 6-7
“6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness, from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
The birth of the Messiah was foretold by Isaiah. The Messiah was to be a child, born into the world. Think of the wonder of this. The Messiah, the savior of the world, would be born as a baby, a helpless infant that had to be nursed, fed and changed; an infant for which every need had to be met by its parents. The savior of the world must first be saved; nurtured and raised to adulthood.
The Messiah would accomplish great things- endless peace, justice and righteousness. But first he must be born.
So, during this advent season, let us eagerly await the birth. Let us prepare our hearts for God to be born anew in us.
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)