Prophesies of Christmas – III Isaiah 9:6, 7

(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)

Isaiah 9:6 and 7 is the most beloved Old Testament Christmas prophesy there is!

     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, Everlast-
     ing Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of His gov-
     ernment and peace there will be no end, upon the throne 
     of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish 
     it with judgment and justice from this time forward, even 
     forever.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah’s prophesy tells so much about the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would make His appearance 700 years later as a baby born in a manger! What can we know from this Old Testament passage of just two verses?

For unto us a Child is born…” (verse 6).

     This tells us that the Messiah will appear as a 
         child, a baby born into this world just like any 
         normal human baby would be born.......except that 
         He would be born in a humble stable and laid in a 
         manger!  Why was He manifested in this way?  

         ➔   He could have come with a world-wide an-
              nouncement made by the mighty voice of God 
              Himself!  But that wouldn’t work!  For in 
              John 12:28 and 29 this is recorded:   

                 [Jesus cried out,] “Father, glorify 
                 Your name.” Then a voice came from 
                 heaven, saying, “I have both glori-
                 fied it, and will glorify it again.”  
                 Therefore the people who stood by  
                 and heard it said that it had thun-
                 dered.  Others said, “An angel has 
                 spoken to Him.” He could have appeared in glorious form, as 
              he did to the apostle John on the Isle of 
              Patmos in Revelation 1:12 through 16:

                 I saw...One like the Son of Man, 
                 clothed with a garment down to the 
                 feet and girded about the chest 
                 with a golden band. His head and 
                 hair were white like wool, as white 
                 as snow, and His eyes like a flame 
                 of fire; His feet were like fine 
                 brass, as if refined in a furnace, 
                 and His voice as the sound of many 
                 waters; He had in His right hand 
                 seven stars, out of His mouth went 
                 a sharp two-edged sword, and His 
                 countenance was like the sun shin-
                 ing in its strength. 

But John’s reaction is recorded in verse 17: “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.” The aged apostle was just bowled over in a dead faint when confronted with such glory!

So how could we identify with Him if Jesus came in such glory? We would also be knocked flat as was John! And how could we ever respond to His invitation in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Would not we want to run and hide?

         ➔   Even though Jesus was born as a baby, why 
              not make His appearance in a king’s palace 
              surrounded by the trappings of luxury? Was 
              He not ...born King of the Jews...” as the 
              wise men said of Him in Matthew 2:2? But if 
              Jesus had been born into such earthly royal-
              ty and wealth, then maybe the wealthiest one 
              percent might have identified with Him......
              but what about the other 99%?!

     ✞   Don’t miss that little two-letter word, us!...unto 
         us a child is born...! This brings it home to us! You 
         and I are included – He’s your Savior and Lord! He’s 
         my Savior and Lord!

…unto us a Son is given…” (verse 6).

     A Son...whose Son?  

         ➔   Yes, He was the son of Mary, and the step-
              son of Joseph.  But notice I didn’t capital-
              ize ‘son’ in this identification. For Jesus 
              being the son of Mary means He is fully a 
              human being – someOne with whom we can iden-
              tify! ThisSonis none other than the incarnate 
              Son of God, God the Son, the second Person 
              of the Almighty Trinity!  He came...to seek 
              and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10).  
              He came to pay for our rebellion against God!  
              As Jesus said in 18:37, “...for this cause I 
              have come into the world...,to die for our 
              sins, to raise from the dead, to live forever, 
              so we could be forgiven, escape hell, and gain 
              eternal life with Him!

…and the government will be upon His shoulder…” (verse 6).

     ✞   The two advents of the Lord are in view here – Jesus’ 
         first and second coming!  In the Old Testament they are 
         often seen as one advent – and it presents great diffi-
         culty to try to reconcile the prophesies of the suffer-
         ing Servant with those of the victorious King!

         ➔   Isaiah 53 the Messiah is presented as the 
              suffering Servant.

         ➔   Isaiah chapters 60 through 62 show forth Him 
              as the reigning King, and describe His mani-
              fold blessings upon Israel and the world!

Some have even speculated that there had to be two Messiahs!

It is in the New Testament that this is explained much more fully. The Messiah will appear in two advents, separated by the Church age! This is why the Jews had/have such a hard time seeing Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. They only hold the Old Testament as Scripture.

     ✞   When Jesus Christ returns in glory asKING OF 
         KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16), He 
         will rule from Jerusalem over...the nations
         ...with a rod of iron...” (Revelation 19:15 – 
         see also Psalm 2:9; Revelation 12:5).  He will 
         head the only government!  He will be the su-
         preme Ruler!

     You might say, He will shoulder all the respon-
         sibility of righteously governing the world!

Oh, what we have to look forward to as Christians!

These two verses in Isaiah 9 are so packed with prophetic truth, this Gem must be split in two! We will continue next Tuesday.