No matter how you choose to celebrate Christ this season, let the Messiah–not the mayhem–reign in your heart. May you be richly blessed in Him!
In these final days as we approach Christmas, we’ll look to a few pivotal verses that speak to the character of Christ Jesus, the wickedness of mankind, Christ’s righteousness, and the merciful gift of His grace!
Read: Isaiah 9:6—7
6 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.7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Reflect: In Isaiah, we’re reminded that not only was there humanity (“a child is born”), but also there was deity (“a son is given”—meaning, the Son of the Most High). He is our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” He is wise in counsel, strong in His ruling, forever established, and the one Who brings true peace. Sounds like someone worthy of trust, doesn’t it?
Respond: Wonderful Counselor, Your names are many and Your kingdom is eternal. Thank You for walking alongside me throughout each day and reminding me that this broken world is not my home. I am a citizen of another Kingdom (Philippians 3:20).
Tot Time: One of Jesus’ characteristics is “Mighty God.” Jesus is God, and He is strong. Ask the children what they think “Mighty God” means (hint: it speaks of His power and strength).