Isaiah 9:6 “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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
To think that this was written 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ is an amazing thought.
Isaiah contains so many prophecies concerning Christ, the Messiah; it cannot be anything less than Divine intervention to inject His holy plan using human elements to do so. To think of the intricacies and connectedness of all the things concerning the coming of Christ is absolutely incredible!
According to probability and statistics, the chance that 30 prophecies, centuries apart, would predict one solitary event to happen in One man on one day is like taking two atoms, marking them with red dye, tossing one in the Atlantic ocean and one in the Pacific and having them meet.
The things written about the Son of God are just as amazing. Secular history records the events surrounding His birth and the killing of the children two years old and younger by Herod. The crowds that followed Him and the political and religious uproar surrounding His trial and execution. John even wrote:
John 21:24-25 “This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”
Throughout our vacation here in the Tennessee mountains, I have gone out onto our porch at night an viewed the stars; far more than this city boy can see in Milwaukee. I gazed upon the constellations and recall that the Word of God tells me that my Father put them all in their place. He knows every star by name. Our galaxy and the ones beyond are all there for us to behold the greatness of our God.
I have witnessed the beauty of family as our children and their families and significant others joined together to spend this past week together. We enjoyed hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, eating, playing games, living and laughing together. I have been able to enjoy our grandchildren all together for a short time and love on each of them.
I have spent time with each of my children; getting closer without the pressures of time and schedule. I have had the time to read books that get pushed to the side until I make the time to read them. I have observed my children as they have grown in their relationships. From those who are married to those on the verge of marriage.
Many a time this week my heart has overflowed with the fact that we are so very blessed! But one event that was particularly special, was our family pictures. We were able to hire a photographer to come out to our remote cabin and take pictures of our whole family. Four children three and under made that time especially challenging and yet, it turned out beautifully.
So, how do these two thoughts connect? God has changed my life completely – because of His Son, Jesus Christ. My children and our grandchildren all know that their parents and grandparents know, love and serve the Lord. It is because of His salvation, that I have been able to see such fruit.
From the prophetic events of Christ’s birth to my receiving Him as Savior, all have a common thread – the love of God.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world…”
I will never want to take that love for granted. Drinking in the moments that reflect that love; seeing that love evidenced in others, and sharing that love with those closest to us are some of the most wonderful times to remember.
As you run your race today, don’t let time pass so quickly that you don’t pause to remember just how much your Heavenly Father loves you! Anything that diminishes that thought is not of God.