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.
In the Old Testament the law was given as a way to obtain forgiveness from sin. There’s only one problem: We couldn’t fulfill the law ourselves. There are 613 commandments in the Mosaic law. There was no way we would be able to keep all of that straight. Then, if you broke one part of the law, you broke it all. The penalty for sin is death and there was no way we could save ourselves. It wouldn’t have mattered how many sacrifices we made, there was no way for us to have relationship with the Father. Once we were cast out of the garden, the veil had been put up between us. We needed something or someone bigger than us to pay our debt.
Jesus came as the Word made flesh that He might bear the yoke of His people Israel and become the bridge to close the gap between Israel and the Father. He counsels His people, beginning with the disciples, even now on how we should live life and emulate Him, so that we might be pleasing to the Father. He is the Mighty God, the one who was, and is, and is to be. He is in the past, the future and in the present. He is all knowing, all seeing, and ever present. Although He brought the sword, He also brings a peace beyond all understanding when we focus our attention on Him instead of our troubles.
Yet before we would know Him as all these things, He had to come to us in the flesh, something we could feel, touch, and understand. He came in human form so that He would be akin to us. He looked like us, yet provided an example of how to live. Can you imagine having God Himself walk with you in the flesh daily through life? No one could. Many people of His time didn’t even believe that He was who He claimed to be until after His death. What a gift that they had been given! To have Christ be right there with you yet still miss the opportunity to know Him had to be an incredible feeling of sorrow. Even still He provided a way for us to know Him.
However I digress. His birth was the dawn of a new age. His coming fulfilled every prophecy spoken in the Old Testament. He fulfilled the law that we would never be able to fulfill ourselves. The government was put upon Him because Jesus was the only one who could bear it. He made it very simple for us to come to Him and the Father, yet even now many of us take it for granted. Remember today while we celebrate His birth, that this son was given for all mankind, including you.
He has already come and made the way, you just have to walk it out.