The Prophet Isaiah presents to us one of the most amazing statements about Jesus ever written by Old Testament writers. “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given” (Isaiah 9:6). This statement is profound in two ways; the prophet affirms what is believed by Christians from the very beginning of the Church, that Jesus is fully man (His humanity) and is fully God (His deity).
The “child” follows what is said in Isaiah 7:16 that He was a “boy” (See Luke 2:43). Every child is born with a human condition, but with Jesus, He was born “without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Further confirming Jesus’ humanity is Hebrews 10:5, “Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me.”
How then should we understand this Messiah as a “son…given”? This action of God is distinct from human birth that required the virgin to be the means of coming into manhood. The “giving” of God proved what He already had as we see in John 3:16; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son.” “He [God] who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all” (Romans 8:32).
This glorious truth about the Son is His deity. While it is impossible for any of us to fully understand these two aspects of Jesus, the Messiah, our Savior, it is accepted by faith and by the Spirit’s teaching through the Word of God. Both Jesus’ humanity and deity were required for God to come near to us in humanity, and also become a sacrifice for our sins so God’s holy judgment against sin would be completely satisfied.
Will you gather your family and others around at this Christmas season and worship the Lord Jesus, the child born for us, but also the Son given to us by God? HE IS WORTHY!!!
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