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. NIV Handel
In last week’s lesson, we read that God promised Immanuel. In Isaiah 8:8 we read of a flood that would cover the lands of Judah’s enemies and that, Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land, Immanuel. NIV This identifies Immanuel as the Messiah who would be the salvation of God’s people.
The reading today is more specific in identifying the One to Come as having four powerful names.
Despite that prediction, when he was born, and the shepherds received their sign, the sign was to find a baby all bundled up. In those days, all babies were bundled in blankets. But there was one more part of the sign—the baby would be in a manger. Again, in that time the manger was a handy place for a newborn to sleep as it was inside the house with the animals on one side and the people on the other.
The true importance of the sign is that the Messiah came in a most humble way. Many predictions of the Messiah charging in on a white horse were accurate, but only for his second coming. For now, the baby born in a common way with a common name would live a short thirty plus years demonstrating how to love.
As Titus wrote, For the grace of God, which can save every man, has now become known. Phillips
Be righteous and do good.