Bible Insights in 500 words*
Our Savior and Lord
Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned (Isaiah 9:2)
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
This is not the government of Ancient Israel; too small a task. This is the government of God’s Kingdom throughout the earth. Today, we celebrate the birth of our King; All Hail King Jesus.
“And he shall be called wonderful counselor,
mighty God, everlasting father, and prince of peace”
Joseph needed counsel. He found his hands dripping in the controversy. The hardliners said, “stone her.” He was inclined with the gentler group that recommended, “send her away.”
What was Joseph to do? God slipped into Joseph’s half dream as he had done so many years ago with another Joseph. He whispered his word, “Marry the girl.” It was wonderful counsel.
The Mighty God
The girl at the center of the divide was a young girl, perhaps 13 years old. She remembered the Angel, “Mary, you are highly favored… you shall bare a son, the Savior and King.”
Mary’s question was not doubt, just practical, “How will this be?” Will this be Joseph’s child? The Angel was clear, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you.”
Mary dug down into the marrow of her soul and emerged with a purity of faith that even old Mother Sarah could not conjure, “May it be to me as you have said.”
Nothing is impossible for our Mighty God.
The shepherds are the orphans in the story. They are night creatures to whom, “the glory of the Lord shone round about them.”
The Angel explained, “For to you a sign is given…” God is good at signs. Split the Red Sea. You can tell your grandchildren about that. Lazarus stumbles out of the tomb. Powerful.
“This shall be the sign, you shall find a baby” … in baby clothes. And, this settles it. God is with us; and God is a good parent, an Everlasting Father.
Prince of Peace
There was no peace in the politics of the Herod’s palace in Jerusalem. The Magi could read the faces, hear the whispers, and recoil at the roar of the king.
They left the discord behind them and followed the star until it was “over the house.” Now, peace, true and deep peace permeate the scene. They enter and saw the child in his mother’s arms. Humbling themselves, they bowed and worshipped, opening treasures and gifts. Being warned, they returned another way. They had been in the presence of the Prince of Peace.
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