Scripture is filled with imagery to help our small minds grasp life-altering truths. The Christmas story itself shows us the extent to which God would go, or lower Himself, as it were, to place Himself within our reach.
On Christmas Eve, we finished the teaching series Christmas According To Cranky Old Men by looking at the wise men who visited Jesus. After they worshiped Jesus, they presented Him with gifts. We’ll focus today on the first of three gifts mentioned in the Christmas story: Gold (Matthew 2:11). While this gift would play a role in helping Joseph provide for his family, the symbolism far outweighs its practicality. Gold is the element of kings. This wasn’t a random gift given by a wise man who had a little extra to give. It was meant to underscore what the prophets had foretold centuries before: Jesus was, is, and will forever be King!
For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.
He’ll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom.
He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going. Isaiah 9:6–7 (MSG)
With these magnificent words, the prophet Isaiah establishes Jesus as King, just as the magi did with a gift of gold. Isaiah declares Jesus’ humanity (“a child is born”) and His divinity (“a son is given”). His name is Amazing Counselor (He will rule wisely), Strong God (He has the power to do as He wishes), Eternal Father (loving, guiding and protecting His children), and Prince of Wholeness (He will bring order to all the disorder, restoring His creation back to its intended design).
Receiving Jesus means you’ve been adopted by a King. He is good in every way. Of all the attributes Isaiah gives Him, which offers you the greatest hope this season?