I take gift giving pretty seriously. I try to make at least one gift at Christmas something that is specifically chosen for the recipient. Something that they probably would never buy for themselves and something that no one else would think of getting for them.
God did much the same for us on that first Christmas. And He managed to do it for every person in the world making that gift both universal and at the same time intimately personal. The gift of the Savior is something no one else could have given and is exactly what each of us needs.
God hinted at that personalization in the Old Testament book of Isaiah where the prophet writes “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us.” Personally, I prefer the wording of the King James Version for this section. Somehow it seems, to me at least, to really emphasize the personal nature of the coming of Jesus. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”
Earlier in this passage, again in the King James, Isaiah writes of the result of the coming of Messiah, “they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.” You don’t often see the word joy used as a verb, but I can’t think of a better description for our reaction to learning that Jesus came not just for all us but for each of us individually.
I’ll share from this passage during Monday’s Midday Prayer Time this week, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. I’m taking the rest of the week off and Rob Langer will be filling in.
Mon 12/16 Isaiah 9:2-7
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