Isa.9:6 – 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.

I remember discovering the deity of Christ revealed in a human baby the first Christmas after I had been born again. Christmas took on a new special, mysterious significance in my life beginning that year. As Paul said, “the mystery of godliness” had taken me by surprise. God had become a man. The Hebrew prophets spoke of the deity of this child hundreds of years before that first Christmas Day. The first description that Isaiah gave to this child was “wonderful”. The word wonderful is pala in the Hebrew language. It means miracles or wonders. Isaiah proclaimed that this baby would be supernatural, the fact that he became one of us is amazing. He not only became a human infant, He grew to become an adult man. After His death and resurrection He remains a man forever serving as our heavenly High Priest. I have to agree with Isaiah, He is wonderful. Here is how Spurgeon describes this verse.

“Jesus Christ was a child in his human nature, and he was conceived by the work of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He was as truly born, as certainly a child, as any other human being that ever lived on the face of the earth. He is, in his humanity, a child born. But Jesus Christ is also God’s Son; he was and is of the same substance with the Father….But we cannot explain it, for it remains among the deep things of God—truly one of those solemn mysteries into that the angels dare not look. Nor do they desire to pry into it—a mystery that we must not attempt to fathom—for it is utterly beyond the grasp of any finite being. As a gnat might seek to drink in the ocean, so a finite creature might seek to comprehend the eternal God. A God whom we could understand would be no God. If we could grasp him, he could not be infinite; if we could understand him, then he would not be divine.”

Spurgeon describes the unthinkable mystery of the incarnation, absolutely a man and absolutely the Son of God. That is why Christmas is so wonderful, it takes on the supernatural sense of Jesus Christ Himself.

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