“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given” (Is. 9:6a ESV).
This is the beginning of one of my favorite Christmas verses, from the book of Isaiah. But something very important in this passage has escaped my notice until recently.
The particular wording at the beginning of this verse carries much more meaning that I had previously recognized.
Notice that a child is BORN, and a son is GIVEN.
Jesus Christ, the ETERNAL Son of God, emptied himself to be BORN in the likeness of men.
This eternal Son was a gift to us, GIVEN to be BORN a servant; ultimately, he was given in order to voluntarily sacrifice himself for our sin so that we may be reconciled with the Father.
All of this meaning is wrapped up in the beginning of Isaiah 9:6, for all of us to unwrap and enjoy at Christmastime and any other time of year!
“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” ~ Augustine