As we are only six days away from Christmas, the wrapping paper and bows have most likely been strewn about. Some of you might be just as excited to give your gifts to loved ones as you are to receive a gift. There is such a joyful excitement when you know you have a special gift for someone, and you just can’t wait to give it! In my house, my children are almost bursting waiting to give the gifts they have chosen for their siblings. Some of them may not be able to keep their gifts a surprise, as they so badly want to share them with each other! It’s hard to wait till Christmas.
As I studied this passage from Isaiah, these phrases struck me in a new way, “a time of darkness and gloom and hopelessness”, and “unto us a son is given”, and “he will be called Wonderful Counselor”. After this amazing prophecy and promise of Jesus’ coming, verse 7 ends with, “The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” The New Living Translation Bible translates it this way; “The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”
God’s Passion for Redemption
I believe these verses give us a glimpse into the heart of God. God is so passionate and excited and overflowing with grace and love that He was bursting to have his son come! It was in a period when there wasn’t much hope, but the zeal and excitement of God was going to see this come to pass. His Son Jesus will come to earth and bring redemption. Jesus was in the beginning “with God and was God” (John 1:1) . He already existed! Now his time was coming to dwell with us, to take on flesh, to heal the broken, to set captives free, and to take our punishment upon his shoulders. And God was very passionate to see this happen, so much so, he was “spoiling the surprise”.
Are we passionate about the Gift we have received?
These verses in Isaiah 9:6-7 cause me to ask some questions:
Do I have the same passion for the gift of Jesus which God showed when he foretold of this gift?
Do I understand God’s zeal for his people, for his plan of redemption, and for His Son?
Am I filled with joy because God gave his Son freely to heal my brokenness, to forgive my sin, and to bring hope to a very dark world?
Am I filled with excitement that Jesus is going to return with the same zeal to take us with him forever?
Let us cherish this gift of God’s Son, not just during Christmas, but every day of our lives!