Merry Christmas

I have not sent out any cards yet.

This is the first one – the first MERRY CHRISTMAS written this year.

Recall the famously known prophecy, even Charlie Brown’s Linus recited it: ” For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

For “to us”…. repeated twice. Us, meaning all – everyone – no one left out!

To all of us, a child, a son, is given. 

THIS is the MERRY CHRISTMAS: baby Jesus born in the manger – deity, God, made human – for to us.

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Not for the idyllic creche decorations to don the mantels…

Not for the theme of Sunday school plays so the girls can be angels and the boys can play shepherds with cotton beards…

But, for to us, with a purpose: “and the government will be upon his shoulders.”  

What?

Picture this: our government, the United States government, and every other world nation government stacked up on the shoulders of this Jesus like Atlas carrying the world….the image that He holds it all, He carries it all…. BUT – unlike Atlas, Jesus…. He rules over it all.  The prophecy from Isaiah points to a time when the full purpose of Jesus is revealed and His government rules over all governments.

Fast forward to another famously known verse, the one that people raise up in the football stands: John 3:16 — “he gave his one and only son” – the verb, gave, is the action and points to the cross where Jesus died. Just like the story, If you give a Mouse a Cookie, one thing leads to the next.  Jesus died, so that he could be buried, so that he could rise from the dead, so that he could appear to many – alive, so that he could ascend to the heavens and sit at the right hand of the father, God, so that he could await for his return to the earth and save his people,

so that finally – HIS pure government will rulethere will be no other governments left.

But for now… He rules from heaven and nothing on earth happens unless power is given it by God – the government is on His shoulders, and He rules even now, over it all.

Jesus is Wonderful — because He does great things with love…

Jesus is Counselor — because he guides and directs even those who do not know Him because He is sovereign and in charge of it all…

Jesus is Mighty God — because there is no one who holds more power…

Jesus is Everlasting Father — because He and the Father are one, always existing, timeless, having no end…

Jesus is Prince of Peace — because he came to earth as a baby, died as a man, and defeated death as a King, all for the purpose of offering us PEACE in a place where there will be no more tears, just peace, forever.

Jesus in the manger, came for everyone!

Jesus on the cross, died for everyone!

Jesus in heaven, loves everyone!

Merry Christmas to you all – everyone who breathes air on this earth!

Borrowing the words of Charles Dickens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSyx6DaUwxA

It is HE

His muscles rippled with brute strength and sturdy beauty.

Not an ounce of fat to be had; Shoulders broad, his arms outstretched in arc form to both bear and carry the entire sphere!

It is he – Atlas.

The Greek,Titan god of endurance, astronomy, and bearer of the heavens, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.  According to Greek Myth, Atlas kept it all going.  The Greeks had it kind of right, but mostly wrong.

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This is the finite and puny image I conjure up in my mind when I try to fathom what is meant by “and the government shall be upon his shoulders.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Truth be told,

it is HE,

GOD,

Maker of the heavens and the sphere (earth) who keeps it all going.

Jesus keeps the universe in motion. It is HE who has authority; all authority is His.  King of kings and LORD of lords.  So hard to imagine with our foggy sight.

The baby born….the son given…to us, also was given ownership of all authority – was, and IS today…and will be forevermore.

“…and the government will be on his shoulders.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Imagine this on your birth announcement! No wonder Mary pondered…

This is a fearful place, this earth.  Many fear where this world is headed as news reports drone on about the “governments” all over the world that are failing, struggling, and warring.

And yet, God is in control.  

Jesus has been raised up far above all – everything!

“…far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything….” (Ephesians 1:21& 22a)

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17)

It is not Atlas. Or any other fanciful myth or imaginings.

In the dark, dank stable, lying in a feed trough, a baby born,…a son given” (Isaiah 9:6) — it was HE, Jesus who was bestowed with the government upon His shoulders.  Power and authority is His, even now.  We need not fret or be filled with worry-ful concern for this earthly sphere.

It is HE!

This baby King holds it all together!

Imagine — all this wrapped up in the Gift!

Look not and see a helpless babe this Christmas, but look and see the King of kings holding all authority in heaven and on earth and claim Him as your own.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83huFAMOte0  (turn up the sound & view this)

Come and worship Christ the newborn King!

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more tomorrow….