“A shaking of heads, perhaps even an evil laugh, must go through our old, smart, experienced, self-assured world, when it hears the call of salvation of believing Christians: “For a child has been for for us, a son given to us” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
700 years before Jesus arrived as a baby in a feeding trough, the Lord spoke to God’s people through the prophet Isaiah, “For unto us a child is born”. 700 years went by as God’s people Israel struggled with being conquered, dispersed, and then returned to Jerusalem – looking for this child who would be the Savior. Bonhoeffer in today’s devotion writes, “Isaiah is so deeply immersed in God’s thought and counsel that he speaks of the future as if he saw it already, and he speaks of the salvific hour as if he already stood in adoration bore the manger of Jesus… Only the Spirit of God, who encompasses the beginning and the end of the world, can in such a way reveal to a chosen people the mystery of the future, so that he must prophesy for strengthening believers, and warning unbelievers. This voice ultimately enters into the nocturnal adoration of the shepherds (Luke 2:15 0 20) and into the full jubilation of the Christ – believing community!”
Isaiah 9:6 – 7
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.