Isa.9:6 – For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
1 Cor.1:30 – But it is due to Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
One of my favorite things to do each Christmas is to read old Christmas sermons. This year I have read some from Spurgeon, Augustine, and Martin Luther. While reading one of Augustine’s Christmas messages I began to put today’s two verses together. In the passage from Isaiah, the prophet focuses on the personal nature of the birth of the promised Messiah. He said clearly that this child was to be born for us. Paul takes the personal application of faith in Christ into another whole dimension. He said that this promised One had become wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption for us. Who could have imagined the complete work of salvation this One born in a manger came to accomplish for us? The angels sang about it, Mary rejoiced in the promises, and the shepherds announced His birth. No one could have known the depths of the work of salvation this One had come to accomplish.
Paul said He would be wisdom to us. Isaiah says something very similar; He would be our supernatural Counselor. Christ alone is the wisdom of God. In Him we understand all things. This babe was born to be our righteousness. He was the only sinless man. His sacrificial death brings the gift of righteousness to all who believe. Christ alone is pure and holy. He becomes purity, or sanctification, as He enters into our lives. He has become sanctification for me.
Who would have known the power of redemption that was being given through the birth of this infant king. The angels clearly called Him the Savior. Mankind was hopelessly enslaved to sin and had no way to escape. Christ became our redemption. His blood breaks the power of sin from our lives; He is truly the savior of the world.
Make room for Christ, the gift of God, in your life this Christmas. Allow the gift of Christ to take root and come to maturity in and through you. He is truly the gift of God to us.