Sunday, December 17, 2006
Unto Us A Son Is Given
I was listening to Christmas music on the radio yesterday as I was packing. One of my favorite parts of Handel’s “Messiah” came on: “For unto us a Son is born; unto us, a Son is given. And His name shall be called, Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace….” I can hardly listen to it without crying. The announcement that He has come; the Son of God has arrived!
I started thinking about the excitement we feel at the birth of a new baby. When our little ones are born, we cannot wait to tell everyone. We are so taken with this precious new life; we want everyone to share our joy. We are so proud. We’re just sure there has never been a more perfect baby. We make phone calls; send out announcements and share pictures with anyone “fortunate” enough to cross our path.
I thought about how the Father must have felt at the birth of His Son, and I wondered at His restraint. Oh sure, there were angels praising God with glorious songs, and there was a special star in the East waiting to guide the seekers to the Savior. But just think of the celebration there could have been. How He must have wanted to shout to the world, “This is My Son; My Beloved Son. He has come because He loves you. He is perfect and holy and I love Him with all my heart. The prophecy has been fulfilled. Messiah is here.” He could have shouted the news in a voice the whole world would have heard. He could have caused the heavens to explode with glorious celebration. He could have rocked the very foundation of the world. Instead this holy baby came quietly and humbly into a world that was so busy and preoccupied hardly anyone noticed.
It will not be so the next time He comes. The whole world will see this coming. Rev. 1:7; “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him …” Matt. 24: 30 – 31 “…they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” What a glorious coming that will be.
Until that day comes; it is our privilege to spread the word. We must tell others the glorious news. “Unto us a Son is given!”