A Child Is Born To Us

Luke 2:1-7

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

Isaiah 9:1-7

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.

The people who walk in darkness
    will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
    a light will shine.
You will enlarge the nation of Israel,
    and its people will rejoice.
They will rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest
    and like warriors dividing the plunder.
For you will break the yoke of their slavery
    and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
You will break the oppressor’s rod,
    just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
The boots of the warrior
    and the uniforms bloodstained by war
will all be burned.
    They will be fuel for the fire.

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.
His government and its peace
    will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
    for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
    will make this happen!

Reflection

The morning has come. Jesus is alive. The Word that existed from the beginning has arrived on earth in the humble form of a baby. All of creation waiting from the beginning of time in groaning expectation for the fulfilment of the promise, for God to bring about the Light, the true Light, and dispel the darkness once and for all.

God is a God of the promise. Even in the midst of struggle and trial God is working out the glory of his love in ways we can’t even comprehend. Over generations his love was revealed again and again to the Israelites, in works of magnificence, splitting seas and defeating armies, but also in works of intimacy and grace. In the loving promise of a night sky. In the visitation of Jacob’s dream. In the humble obedience of Rahab. In the yearnings and prayers and heartfelt love of the psalmists and prophets. Our God is the God of untold galaxies spinning through the infinite reaches of the universe. He is also a God of intimate grace, calling to us personally with the song of his love.

Praise God for this day of days – the day when the fate of the world was changed forever. From this day the stars of the descendants of Abraham would burst forth beyond the Israelite nation and into all the nations of the earth. For unto us a Child is born.

Prayer:

Praise God for his limitless wonder, his incomparable grace and his perfect love made real in the person of Jesus Christ.

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