by Pastor David Grey
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6.
This is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate the miracle in Bethlehem. The birth of the promised One whose appointment that night was set before the foundations of the earth were even laid down.
Messiah, born to a virgin; born in a stable and laid in a manger in Bethlehem. Ancient prophecies fulfilled. God’s promise kept. It is easy to get so caught up in the cultural traditions of our Christmas season as to be consumed by them…all the social excitement, the purchasing and the preparation.
Oh, I’m sure that most believers give serious thought to the true meaning of our celebration. We are grateful and rejoice that God, Himself came to save us from our sins, to bring forgiveness and salvation.
Many probably even mourn the fact that so many in our society neither know nor care about any of that. For them, the celebration is all about family, parties, giving and getting. But even among true believers, how many give much thought to the deeper meaning behind the coming of Messiah? Jesus said that He came that we, “might have life and that more abundantly.” (John 10:10). He came not only to save us from the consequences of our sins but from sin’s reign in our lives, here and now. He came that we might be sanctified unto God in this life.
In short, He came that we might live holy lives. That holiness must be God’s own holiness, of course, because it is certain that we have none of our own. His holiness is imparted unto us as we surrender all to Him. Andrew Murray wrote, “There is none holy but God: we have as much of holiness as we have of God.”