August 9, 2022     2:43 pm
27. Forth Week in Advent - Friday
Unto us a Child is born
          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
            Today the fulfilment of this prophecy is celebrated by Christendom.
          Joseph had been told by God, through an angel, that Mary, his espoused [engaged] wife, was that virgin of whom Isaiah had spoken (7:14), and in obedience to the command of God he had taken her unto himself. But that was in Nazareth of Galilee, and, according to the prophecy of Micah (5:1), Christ was to be born in Bethlehem of Judea. And so it happened in those days that a decree from Caesar Augustus went out that all the world should be taxed. This was the first taxing of its kind. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went with his espoused wife, to Bethlehem, the city of David because he was of the house and line of David. And while they were there, the time arrived for Mary to give birth. And she brought forth her first-born son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Lk 2:1-7)
          Christians! Unto us this Child is born, unto us this Son is given - to be our Redeemer. A poor babe He lay there in the manger, but the government of heaven and earth was upon His shoulders. Wasn't that wonderful? This Child Himself is the Wonderful, for He is God and He is man and His conception and birth were supernatural. This Child is the Counsellor who counsels and helps us lost and condemned sinners when we are utterly at a loss for counsel and help. He is the mighty God who bruises the devil's head and saves us. He is the everlasting Father to us, His redeemed; we are to be His blessed children, here in time and hereafter in eternity. He is the Prince of Peace; for His subjects have peace of heart and conscience, until the rivers of eternal peace shall refresh them forevermore. O you Christians, embrace this Child in true faith!
          PRAYER: - Lord God, Heavenly Father, I give You thanks for Your great mercy and kindness in having Your only-begotten Son become flesh, thus graciously saving us from sin and eternal death. I pray You, enlighten my heart by Your Holy Spirit, that I may remain thankful for such grace and comfort myself with the same in every tribulation and temptation, and so be eternally saved through Him, my Saviour. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:43 pm