This is a great prophecy and because God has spoken, there will always be a fulfillment. In meditating upon this line of Scripture, let us concentrate ourselves in what the Scripture says. Because the Word of God says in 1 Corinthians 4:6,
“And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.”
This is an admonition of the Word of God that we are not to think above that which is written. ,
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
– Isaiah 9:6
We have learned in this Scripture that a Son, a Child was born because a Child was given.
What then is the fulfillment of this Word?
“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.”
– Galatians 4:4
This is the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Word of God. It says that when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son made of a woman, made under the law.
When is the Scriptural fulfillment of these Words? What is that time has come? Or in due time God sent His Son and was born of a woman? This is what we read in Matthew 1:19-21.
“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
These are the words of the angel to Joseph who became the husband of Mary. And the real fulfillment in the Gospel according to St. Luke is announced by an angel again in Luke 2:9-11,
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
The fulfillment of the prophecy of the Word of God was announced by the angel about a Boy’s birth and when a Boy is born, it was once again announced (Isaiah 9:6). So, the prophecy was fulfilled that “…a Son is born, a Child is given…”
Now, it says here that He is the Messiah because He is the Christ. He is born as a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. The fulfillment of Isaiah 9:6 as announced by the angel in Matthew 1:21 and was pronounced already as born in Luke 2:9-11, He is Christ the Lord.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ”
– John 3:16
It was God who gave His only begotten Son. So, this is the revelation of the Word of God in Isaiah 9:6,
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Who gave this Child? The Father gave His only begotten Son and that only begotten Son is Christ (John 3:16). The Scripture states that Christ the Lord is the Son of God. The Son of God was given and in due time He was born by a woman. And when He was born of a woman, His name will be called Jesus, Matthew 1:21. This Jesus according to Peter is the Christ and the only begotten Son of the Living God. In Matthew 16:14-17 relates,
“And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Peter and the apostles are with Jesus for three years. He is Jesus as the Son of Mary and Joseph because He was born of a woman. But according to Peter, Jesus is the Christ, and only begotten Son of the Living God.
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 16:17
When He was given, He emptied Himself of the glory that is with Him. When He was still unborn in the form of a man, before His birth, He exists to the Father in heaven. In John 1:1,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Bible says He is with God. What was His form when He was in heaven? In Philippians 2:6,
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”
In the beginning He is in the form of God and He is called God.
There is no discussion, argument, or any misunderstanding that this Son though He will be called God, mighty God, or everlasting Father yet He is the Son. Because the simple meaning of a Father is one who originate, one who authored and Christ authored our salvation,
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2
He is the author and originator of our salvation being sent by God. He is a counselor, He is a governor, He was sent by the Father, He has that mind to be humble. When He was in the form of man, He emptied Himself of all the forms and glory of the Father. This is the meaning why God gave His Son to experience all that in man.
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
– Hebrews 2:17-18
That is what it means to be given. In Luke 18:31-33,
“Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.”
But in the third day, He shall rise again. Until today, there is so many people and preachers who do not know the meaning of Christ that the Son of God is to be given. In Luke 18:34,
“And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.”
This is still misunderstood by many in our times. The exact prophecy about a Child was given will be read in Isaiah 53:1-10,
“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”
According to Christ, they that believe must believe the love of the Father. They must believe that Christ the Messiah came down in a form of a man, born of a woman to suffer all the sufferings for a sinner. He is rejected so that it will be made acceptable by God and His suffering will mean the cause of our redemption (1 Peter 1:18-19). It was by the blood of Christ that we were redeemed and in Christ’s redemption, we have forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7).
Because we have redemption and forgiveness, first, we have no more condemnation (Romans 8:1). Second, we are now justified which means we are considered innocent of a crime. Romans 3:24-25,
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”
Third, we are now safe from the power of Satan, 1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14-15,
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
This is the meaning that Christ is come, 1 Timothy 1:15,
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
In celebration of the birth of the Son of God born of a woman, we must celebrate not necessarily the date but the message, the meaning of His coming, His suffering, death and resurrection. We must consider that without these, there is no gift. This gift is a gift of salvation. No salvation means the gift of God is in vain. If you accept Him as your Savior, you will not be condemned anymore. Then, the Son of God’s birth is the greatest that God has ever done for you. In our physical birth, we have inherited a sin, we have inherited the sinful nature and we are destined to death (Romans 6:23). But in the coming of Christ, God has put away death among us and gave us life (John 5:24). May this celebration of His birth indeed be a joy as the message into our lives. Glory to God in the Highest and peace among men in the earth (Luke 2:10-13).
By John Sentone IV