Word For The Day: What Child is this?
The Word for this Christmas Eve Day comes from Isaiah 9:6. This is one of my favorite Christmas passages and is answers an all important question.
Along with this passage being one of my favorites, one of my favorite Christmas carols asks the question: “What child is this…?” This passage answers that question. Isaiah gives the Messiah four distinct titles. The y are Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. These titles speak of His deity and humanity. Taken with Isaiah 9:7 we learn that this child is the Saviour-King worthy of our complete allegiance.
Let’s take each title and let them describe the baby in the manger. Wonderful Counselor means He does not need advice or wisdom from any human, because His wisdom is above and beyond us (see Isaiah 55:8).Mighty God speaks of course of His power. He created the universe and upholds the universe by “the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3). Eternal Father tells us He cares for and protects His church throughout eternity. Prince of Peace is a royal title describing Him as the King who came to die for our sins, making peace between us and God and between us and us (Colossians 1:20). But the question isn’t so much “what child is this?”, the question is a question Jesus asked His disciples some 30 years after His birth. In Matthew 16:15 Jesus asked His disciples “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered with “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Who do you say that He is? If you have believed on Him for the forgiveness of your sins, worship Him with complete allegiance to the King of Kings. If you cannot say you have believed on Him, won’t you pray and ask God to bring you to belief in Christ?