The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 9:6

What was a special gift you received? What made it special? Who gave it to you? How old were you when you received this gift? The wonderful thing about a gift is that it can’t be earned and many times we are not deserving of the gift that we received. 

Although it is nice to receive earthly gifts, there is nothing like receiving the gift of Jesus in our life. Before Jesus our Savior came into the world the prophet Isaiah told about what He would be like. 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. [1] Isaiah 9:6.

This verse from Isaiah speaks to the character of Jesus (Wonderful Counselor), His power (Mighty God), His relationship to us (Everlasting Father) and the environment He creates by his rule. (Prince of Peace.)

The Christmas story recorded in Luke chapter two, is the fulfillment of the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah. That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” [2] Luke 2:8-12.

The greatest gift we can ever receive is the gift of Jesus as our Savior. The gift is free to us, but it cost Jesus His life to extend this amazing gift to us. I don’t know when I received the gift of Jesus as my Savior. All I know is that I was a small child.

If you have not received the gift of Jesus, it is not too late. If you confess your sins to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, the Lord forgives you, He is there to give you this free gift. If you have already received this gift, take time to thank and praise the Lord for calling you to faith as a son or daughter.

[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:8-12). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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