What does “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” really mean? Discover the life changing meaning of this powerful prophecy from the book of Isaiah. This prophetic verse, is of the wider message of Isaiah, one of the major prophets of the Old Testament.
Jesus was fully God and fully human. Isaiah’s prophetic declaration rings out with joy at the future birth of the One who will save humanity from their sins.
The Real Meaning Of Christmas
This famous prophecy, found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. In it, he declares the coming of the Holy Child. Jesus will be, born of a virgin in a stable in Bethlehem of Judea.
In this Holy Spirit inspired declaration, Isaiah proclaims the coming King. He points its readers towards the Good news of the gospel and of the real meaning of Christmas.
For Unto Us A Child Is Born: The Prophecy of the Messiah
Theologians differ in the detailing the exact number of prophesies that Jesus fulfilled. Conservative estimates would put the number at around 300. The birth of Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament many times. They vary in their emphasis and narrative, of course. In this famous Isaiah 9 passage, Jesus divine attributes and His humble origins are the major emphasis. Others like this one in Isaiah 7, speak of Him as Immanuel or God with us.
Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Each of the prophesies are inspired by the Holy Spirit. At the same time, they contain something of the human perspective of the prophet himself. Taken together then, they provide a rich and fascinating picture of Jesus – as God and as Perfect Man.
The Birth of Jesus
In reality, Christ could have been born anywhere and at any time in history. So its significant then, that He was born to a virgin in a forgotten part of Galillee, in the humblest of circumstances.
Surely, this is no accident. By aligning Himself with humble people, He makes a powerful statement about the nature of His earthly ministry and Father God’s heart for the refugee and the marginalised.
The Wise Men and the Star
In Matthew 2:1-12 we read of the visit of the Magi, a travelling group of astronomers who were deeply impacted by an unusual star in the night sky. As they followed it, it came to rest over the place where Jesus was being looked after by Mary and Joseph.
Truly the words of the famous carol, “and heaven and nature sing” ring true. Even the stars in their orbit speak about the Messiahs coming!
Its incredible to think both the shepherds and the Magi were impacted by these celestial miracles. One with an angelic visitation and the other with an unusual star. It is as if The Lord wanted to reach all people from different backgrounds with the same message of hope. And this remains our own Good news today. Whilst we were far off, Christ came to rescue humanity and save us from our sins.
Unto Us A Child Is Born: The Meaning of Christmas
The significance of Jesus birth for humanity is that, through our faith Christ we can have eternal life. The meaning of Christmas is that Immanuel, God with us, came to earth in the form of a child. He came to restore us to relationship with Father God by atoning for our sins on the cross. Christmas acts as the opening chapter in this incredible story!
Wherever you find yourself at Christmas time, we pray that you would know the peace of Jesus. He paid the atoning sacrifice for our sins and making a way for us to have eternal life. He now intercedes for us in Heaven.
Friend, if you’re reading this today, you have a hope and a future. Jesus has a plan for you! The child that was born so many years ago will return in victory as the King of kings. We encourage you to make room in your heart for Him today!
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