The prophet Isaiah, spoke the word of God and foretold of the coming of the Christ child over 700 years before Jesus was born into the history of mankind in a humble manger.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
As Peter said, “the Lord is not slow about His promise, … but is patient toward you.” (2 Peter 3:9). In the fullness of time, God emptied Himself and entered into the history of His own creation. (Phil. 2:6-7)
The angel appeared to Mary and gave her the news that Isaiah foresaw:
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:31-33)
And it would not just be that this Christ child would come for the lineage of Jacob and David; He would come for all mankind. On that day, these words were spoken to the wise men who came from the east, who saw the sign in the sky and set out to meet the destiny all mankind:
For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)
As the angel told Joseph, “He will save His people from their sins”. (Matt. 1:20) His people are those who turn to Him from every tribe and nation.
“[N]ot wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter . 3:9), God emptied Himself and became a man, “and being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:8)
We celebrate a God who loved us so much that he let go of His great glory and power to become one of us, to walk humbly among us. And He did not just take on human form; He came to us in the most humble way, being born as we are as a vulnerable child. He was not born to into human royalty, but to a humble family who, though humble in estate, were of the royalty God established long ago: a lineage God established to bear the Christ child who would save mankind from their sins.
“Sin” means literally, “to miss the mark”. Without Jesus, we miss the mark; we are not in right relationship to God. We are set at enmity with God by our own attitudes and insistence on our own way. God showed us Himself what it takes to enter into His kingdom, to become sons and daughters of our God, who calls Himself our Father, if we enter in by the narrow gate. And this is how we enter into the Kingdom of God:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil.2:5-9)
Accepting, receiving what Jesus did, sacrificing Himself on the cross, redeeming us (literally paying the price for our sins), and believing in Him, counting on Him for the salvation He freely offers, is how we humble ourselves; it is how we enter into the promise God gives us, making us children of God.
Isaiah foretold the coming of Christ over 700 years before he entered into human history, and the promise of God to put the government on His shoulders has come, and is yet to come. It has come for those who have accepted the salvation He has offered and embraced Jesus as Lord and Savior. The governance of the creation is yet to come.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil.2:10-11)
For with God, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. (2 Peter 3:8) The things that have been foretold, and the promises of God, will come to pass. The world waited over 700 years after Isaiah told of the coming of the Christ, the Messiah. The world now waits in anticipation for the governance of that Christ in heaven and earth.
[Y]ou should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:2-4)
The patience of the Lord allows us time to enter in. This Christmas day, when we celebrate the fulfillment of the prophet’s words, the coming of the Messiah, we should look forward to the fulfillment of the rest of the story. This world is not all there is. There is more to the story. This world and this life is temporal. We look forward to a new heaven and a new earth.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (2 peter 3:9-10)
Are ready? Accept Jesus today as your Lord and Savior and become a child of God the Father.