The Glory of Christmas

by The Late Stephen Olford

Text: "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" (Isa. 9:6). See also verse 7.

Thought: The chapters preceding Isaiah 9 are chapters of judgment, darkness, defeat, and depression. It is into such a context that there comes this wonderful word: "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined" (v. 2). So, as we think of the coming Messiah, consider:

I. The Glory of His Advent: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given" (v. 6). He came in the glory of His humanity. This is the great fact of Christmas-that God contracted to the measure of a little infant and took upon Himself our flesh and blood. He came as "Emmanuel"-God with us. He was also a Son given. So, we see the glory of His deity. He was ever with God as the eternal Son.

II. The Glory of His Attributes: He came as King-"Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end" (v. 7). His name embraces all the attributes of a true and perfect king (v. 7). The name "Wonderful Counselor" speaks of His infinite wisdom. The name "The Mighty God" tells of His infinite power. The name "The Everlasting Father" is suggestive of His infinite love; and the name "The Prince of Peace," reflects His infinite redemption.

III. The Glory of His Accession: "Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end" (v. 7). The One who came as the Babe of Bethlehem is coming back as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! (v. 3). In a world of unrest, turmoil, and flickering hopes, how wonderful is such a message!

Thrust "Happiness at Christmas is a very empty thing-

Unless our hearts with love enthrone the

Heavenly Babe as King."

SFO

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