True Meaning of Christmas- Part 2

Due to requests here is the second part of the meditation I wrote.  If you haven’t read the first one, scroll down or click here

The verse continues, “and the government shall be upon his shoulder” Upon his shoulders.  We can leave the leadership, the government of our life to him.  When we try to govern our own lives, were do we end up? We end up having misery upon misery, a life full of vanity, having nothing that truly satisfies. Ultimately, we end up in hell.  But when Christ takes over it is a different story.  He can guide our life to have true happiness, to have joy that lasts, to go with him to heaven.  The government of our lives must be on his shoulders, he must become the King of our life.  Spurgeon says that Christ’s kingship is special because he knows what his subjects have undergone, he can sympathize with them.  Can anyone have a greater king? 
The verse then continues by providing some names, some more attributes for the Child.  The first name is Wonderful. Christ is named a this because he personifies this word.  Could anything be more wonderful than that God became human, leaving his place in glory, come to earth to be ridiculed and scorned so that he could save unworthy and undeserving sinners?  What a wonderful Saviour! 
The next name mentioned is Counsellor. A councillor is someone you turn to when you need help or if you are uncertain of what to do next. Isn’t Christ the best person you could ever ask?  He is the one who can give you the best advice possible, and led you in the way you should go.   Whatever the problem, especially the problem of our sin, we can flee to Christ and he will be our guide. 
The mighty God is the next title we come across.  The mighty God, He is the one who came down to save sinners.  In heaven Christ was all powerful and ever praised, yet he, the mighty God came down to the world filled with darkness, filled with sinners that rebelled against the very one who created them. The mighty God gave up his glory to have sinners, an amazing fact we will never comprehend.  Jesus Christ is still mighty today. With is might, he can lift up the poorest and the most defiled, the most disgusting sinner and make them a child of God.  We cannot and need not to do anything for our salvation because he does it all with his divine might. 
The Everlasting Father is the next name given to this child.  John Gill says Christ is not the Father in the sense of being the first person of the Trinity, but in this way: “Christ is a Father with respect to chosen men, who were given him as his children and offspring in covenant; who are adopted into that family that is named of him, and who are regenerated by his Spirit and grace: and to these he is an everlasting Father.”  But another fact that we can consider here is that Christ grants access to the Father.  Through him we can be called the Children of God.  Through Christ we can have the best Father ever, a Father that will never fail, a Father that will never sin and a Father that will be with us to eternity.   What a father he is! 
The final name given to this Child is the Prince of Peace.  The peace meant here is not the world peace that we often hear of.  It is the peace of the mind and more importantly, the peace of the soul.  The Prince of Peace is the only way we can have peace with God.  If we are His, we can rest in peace, knowing that he will cause everything to turn out well.    This classic Christmas carol puts it well.  “Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. Hark the Herald, angels sing, Glory to the newborn King”  
This child was born in Bethlehem to save sinners like us.  Seek comfort from the darkness of the world in him, for he is the only source of true light.  I would like to close with the last verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,”
O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel
This is the true meaning of Christmas.
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