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A Word for the Week

In less than two weeks, we will celebrate Christmas once again. Family and friends will come together for a few hours to visit and share a meal. Many will exchange a gift or two. Most will eat more than they should and some will try to take a well deserved nap in between all the noise of the new toys that the kids are experimenting with. Much will be given toward this festive holiday and I pray much will be gained as well. Not monetarily or materially necessarily but in the true meaning of Christmas.

In Isaiah 9:6 we have these words to keep us centered during the season of Christmas. "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

So what makes this Child that would be born, this Son that would be given any more special than any other of the multiplied million baby boys that have been born in this world?The answer to that question is given to us in the names mentioned in Isaiah 9:6. God's gift to mankind was indeed special because through this Child, God would provide a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

In the words of Dr. John Phillips--(100 Devotions--vol. 2--pg 69-70) "In being our Wonderful Counselor--there is no problem He cannot solve. For in Him 'are all the treasures of wisdom'. Colossians 2:3

In being our Mighty God--there is no power He cannot subdue. The Creator who can fling a hundred billion galaxies into space, or populate a drop of ditch water with countless microscopic germs, or pack enough power into an atom to incinerate a city can surely put down at will any power on earth or in heaven or in hell.

As Everlasting Father--there is no period He cannot span. There has never been a period when He has not been and there will never be a period when He will not be. This Child that was given was a transplant from Glory who stepped out of eternity into time to save us from the penalty of sin that brings eternal separation.

And as Prince of Peace--there is no person He cannot save. This One who was born, this Son that was given, the One who walks among the galaxies with a pierced brow and watches over His creation in all wisdom with nail prints in His hands is mighty to save. And He says to one and all, 'whosoever will may come!'"

This Christmas, remember the gift of God's Son as both Savior and Lord is all you and I need this year or any year for that matter! He is the solution to anything we face and salvation from everything we fear!

I pray you and I remain centered on Christ during this season of giving and remember what we have to gain in this Child that was born and this Son who was given!

May the Lord bless your life this Christmas with His presence of peace!

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58