monday, december 11

Isaiah 9:6 (ESV) (6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. Isaiah 9:6

For some reason, we are drawn to watching royalty, especially a royal marriage. The streets are lined with sharply dressed soldiers. Trumpeters wait anxiously to proclaim the arrival of the bride and groom. And of course, the news media are present in droves to record every second of the event. Royalty expects such attention, and the public does not disappoint.

The story of Jesus is radically different. “For a child is born to us” in a manger, to a poor couple, in a stable. Can it get any simpler than that? Yes, some angels trumpeted the arrival of Jesus but only to a few poor shepherds. The government at the time did not even take notice until a couple of years later and then the reaction was violent. No press showed up although some wise men arrived months later.

Royalty arrives with great fanfare. Jesus arrived quietly. Royalty expects special treatment. Jesus gave up the glories of heaven for a lowly human life. Royalty requires a lot of money to support their lavish lifestyle. Jesus laid down His life to pay for our sins.

Perhaps we need to rethink Christmas. Is your Christmas consumed with the fanfare of presents, spending money, and expecting people to say “thanks” for all you do? Or is your Christmas focused on simple things like “a child is born to us”?