One Child

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭

These beautiful words were written in the eighth century BC. Imagine.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Isaiah was inspired to write of a baby who would be sent to us, for us, to be one of us.

A Christmas miracle. Immanuel, God with us.

We stand millennia later, on the AD side of history. It is easy to miss the significance of prophecies made long before the fact when our context is so far removed from the parchment scrolls of ancient times.

But the remarkable fact remains – for Jesus to be born where, when, and under the circumstances predicted by so many different authors in the Old Testament, the odds are astronomical.

As Kevin Myers says,

“Imagine filling the State of Texas two-feet deep with silver dollars and sending in someone blindfolded to find one marked coin. The chances of that person finding the correct coin mirror the chances of Jesus fulfilling just eight of the hundreds of prophesies that fill the Bible.”

Everything from being born in Bethlehem to where He would live to how He would die, all laid out neatly in prophecies written over hundreds of years by different men living in different situations.

Astounding.

Powerful. Mighty. Phenomenal.

And so easy to brush aside and ignore and smother with tinsel and reindeer until the true significance is lost in translation.

One child, born in humble circumstances – but one who made the angels sing and a new star shine for the first time. One child, who fulfilled to the letter predictions of the unusual circumstances surrounding His advent to earth.

Don’t miss it. Don’t get so dazzled by garlands and lights and tinsel and shopping and baking that you pass by the manger without stopping to see and experience and get caught up in the wonder of the story all over again.

One child. One message.

Hope.

In the darkest days of the year, with the threat of viruses and chaos and social unrest and uncertainty, one child has the power to redeem us all – a child above political systems, beyond time and space, deeper than our fears and failures.

Take a fresh look at the baby in the manger with me?

Father, it is too easy to miss finding You at the centre of this season! Thank You for predicting, then sending Jesus to us at exactly the right time, the right place, the right way. Remind us that it is this Child of Christmas that we most need right now! Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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