“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, NLT).
For many, Christmas is all about getting and giving gifts, which should be a positive thing. But it’s turned into so much more (or perhaps less) than honoring or thanking someone with something meaningful, requiring nothing in return. Shopping has become essential to the well being of many countries’ economies. It’s also a list of names to be ticked off when the gifts have been purchased; unwanted items returned and exchanged; presents not wanted or needed and grumbling about not getting what was really wanted.
The real gift of Christmas is the one so many ignore or know nothing about—the gift of God’s son. God gave himself to our broken world in a form we could see, hear and touch. His teachings and miracles, the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament and his resurrection all confirmed his identity and purpose: the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Jesus is what everyone wants and needs for Christmas, though they may not realize their true heart’s desire. He was the gift that turned the world upside down and in the end, will make everything right.