[WOW! The GREATEST and most BEAUTIFUL declaration of all declarations!] “For unto us A CHILD IS BORN, unto us A SON IS GIVEN: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, THE PRINCE OF PEACE.” (Isaiah 9:6) [That is, the ensign of government; the scepter, the sword, the key, or the like, which was hung from the shoulder.] “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. THE ZEAL OF THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL PERFORM THIS.” (Isaiah 9:7) [This is a prophecy of the incarnation of Christ, showing how he is related to mankind as their Savior; and also how HIS INFINITE MAJESTY AND GODHEAD ARE SHOWN. He shall appear as a child, born of a woman, born as a Jew, under the law, but not in the way of ordinary generation. He is a Son given – the human nature, in which the fullness of the Godhead was to dwell, being produced by the creative energy of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin.] “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, SHE WAS FOUND WITH CHILD OF THE HOLY GHOST.” (Matthew 1:18) [Espoused: to contract, or betroth, refers to the previous marriage agreement, in which the parties MUTUALLY BOUND THEMSELVES TO EACH OTHER; without which, no woman was ever married among the Jews. A woman is espoused often a whole year and even longer before the marriage takes place.] “When Herod the king had heard these things…he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them WHERE CHRIST SHOULD BE BORN. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.” (Matt. 2:3-4, 8) [What delicate hypocrisy was here! he only wished to find out the child that he might murder him; but see how that God who searches the heart prevents the plans of the wicked from being accomplished!] “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt…FOR HEROD WILL SEEK THE YOUNG CHILD TO DESTROY HIM.” (Matt. 2:13) “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED.” (Matt. 3:16-17)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that OUR ABBA FATHER IS WELL PLEASED THAT JESUS CAME TO OFFER US SALVATION! -Bill Stockham
I pray that today will be a very special day for you and your families AS YOU CELEBRATE THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS! Please have a very happy New Year as well!