Why Christmas? Part 5 – The wrapping paper!
“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.” – Isaiah 9:6
The most Powerful Being, The Force that shook the earth into being and created All things comes in the form of a child! Is there a lesson there?
God Never says Oops! He came at the exact second and in the exact way and with the same exactness that He (God) knows the numbers of the hairs on your head!
The wrapping paper God used shows us the simplicity and humbleness of His plan and thus how He Loves His children – you and me – to be dependent on Him so that through His power and His Love you may rule!
The government being on His shoulder explains that each and every moment on earth, in your life and that surrounds you was preordained, preplanned and prepared by The God Who Loves you more than you could ever hope to comprehend or begin to understand! It doesn’t matter what government is in power or what your social position is – HE LOVES YOU AND HE IS IN CHARGE OF EVERYTHING!
His Love can begin to be defined by His names: “Wonderful Counselor” – the first name used is the one needed to soothe the soul injured by sin, shame and despair! As we talked about in earlier studies in the series our condition before Christ is, was and always will be misery as we are looking for and following the wrong outcome!
The outcome of following anything except The Gift, The “Mighty God”, The “Everlasting Father”, The “Prince of Peace” – will always be a disaster waiting to happen because only by resting in what Is can Peace like this be achieved!
When God gave us another name for Him, “I AM” we see the same completeness in His wrapping paper! He Is – therefore I can rest in what Is!
The Wrapping Paper that surrounds The Greatest Gift Ever brought forth is a glimpse into the very nature of God and what is inside – His Goodness cannot now or ever be over stated for if it could be we diminish His God-hood – and for me and my house we will NOT go down that road!
It isn’t about us and our goodness and our effort – it’s about The Gift! Keep reading these simple devotions as we un-wrap The Gift!
Bob, my biggest fear is that I am in control of my life, and doing the wrong thing. That I am not being guided by the Spirit when I act on my desires. Could you comment.
Thank you for sharing – sorry it took so long to get back to you.
Jesus came to give us rest, no condemnation but Peace that Passes ALL understanding – Rest in this knowledge and The Spirit has power to work – if you don’t rest in this knowledge but decide on works instead His Peace will never be with you, you will be on a constant hamster wheel of religion and you will die tired and worried!
God Is Love and the more we grasp this the more we can rest in The Voice inside that says, “My Grace is sufficient for you!” Trust – Ruthless Trust in Christ Alone Is the path to God. Trust that this moment where ever you are and what ever is going on around you was allowed by Him Who Loves you more than you will ever know or comprehend!
Thank you Bob but quoting scripture doesn’t change anything for me because it appeals to the rational mind. I need revelation. Why does Paul say in Romans 6:13 “Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin” which sounds an awful like the Law to me? Rod
Rod – Thank you for sharing! Take a look at All of Romans 6 and not just that one verse and perhaps things will look different. If you have met Christ, the law is no longer alive in you, Christ is!
Many people in this day as like these days had a plastic, dashboard crucifix – say a prayer, get the bumper sticker, do as we say type of relationship – this isn’t a relationship with Jesus, it is a religion!
Its like if I said a prayer once and as a result felt I didn’t need anything else – a walk with Christ is a walk NOT toward law but toward Love! Growth isn’t about being more obedient to a law we are no longer under, its about learning to Love and having Peace, Patience, Joy beyond measure.
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