For Unto Us a Child is Born

Note: Today’s devotional is offered as a resource that you can use with your family to help make the most of the Christmas season focus.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. –Isaiah 9:6

Who would come to save the world? A powerful ruler? A mighty warrior? A skilled politician? Any of these expectations would make sense. But, God decided that Jesus would enter the world scene, just as we all have done, as a baby. As an adult, Jesus did not seek a political office. He did not come to overthrow governments. He came in obedience to do the will of His Heavenly Father. Through his obedience and by His death and resurrection, He was proved to be the Son of God.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh;
Come peasant, king to own Him.
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
   (–from What Child is This?)

The angel Gabriel told Mary, “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:31-33

We celebrate Christmas as the coming of Jesus, the Son of God, whom the Scriptures say will reign forever and ever.

FAMILY TIME:
Use the questions below to have a family discussion. On a plain sheet of paper (maybe one in typical Christmas colors) use a marker to write the words, “Welcome Jesus!” at the top. Then, as a family, make a list of all of the things that made Jesus special. For example, one item on the list might be “He healed the sick.” Another might be, “He was humble and gentle.” When completed, post the list in a place where the entire family can be easily reminded of Jesus, the Son of God, whose coming we celebrate at Christmas.

GOING DEEPER:
1. In what ways has Jesus been a Wonderful Counselor to you?

2. How has He been the Prince of Peace in your life?

3. What examples from Jesus’ life can you think of that demonstrate He was a different kind of leader than what the world was accustomed to experiencing?

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Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has over 35 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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