I’ve sometimes wondered what Isaiah and those who read his prophecy were thinking when they heard this great text the Holy Spirit gave to the prophet.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV).
More specifically, the words “unto us” cause me to pause. Who is “us”? The text does not say that a child is born to one specific family; not even to a specific people group, village or country. Many years before the Savior was born, Isaiah said the child will be born to “us.”
Unto “us” a Son is given.
If a friend is expecting a child, I would not say, “A child will be born to us.” I would say, “A child will be born to THEM.”
The prophecy is clear. The Savior did not simply come to Mary and Joseph. He came to us. He came for those in Isaiah’s day who longed for a Savior. He came for those in the first century who needed a Savior. He came for people in the 21st century who need forgiveness of sin. He came “unto us.”
He came to rich and poor, young and old, male and female, educated and uneducated, religious and profane. He came to all races in all nations of all times.
He did not come to start a religion. He came to give himself to the Father so He could give himself sacrificially to us.
He said to His disciples, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
We demonstrate our convictions about these truths in many ways. At Christmas we give sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions so the world will know that He came to them. They don’t know unless we tell them. They need to know!
As you, your friends and your family celebrate the Savior who came to us, the staff of your Biblical Recorder wishes you a very merry, Savior-centered Christmas.
We are grateful that the grace of God allows us to serve Him in partnership with you, your church and all followers of Jesus Christ for all eternity.