What Child Is This?
In Luke 2:11, the angel tells the shepherds that the child being born is “Christ the Lord.” The word in Greek is Christos, and it means “Anointed One,” a translation of the Hebrew Messiah. The Angel of the Lord is telling the shepherds that the boy who has been born in Bethlehem is no ordinary child, but is God in the flesh. He is Immanuel, as the prophet Isaiah prophesied hundreds of years earlier.
Isaiah 9: The Promise of a King
The third Old Testament passage that gives weight to Luke 2:11 is found a couple chapters later in Isaiah. The following words are some of the most widely read during the Advent season, and for good reason:
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. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
This promise of the coming Messiah confirms the promises made in the Davidic covenant of a son being born of the line of David, who will rule over God’s kingdom everlasting.
There is one detail in this passage that is very important, and is part of the reason for Jews not believing in Christ during His time, and that is God being born in the form of a child. Take a minute to think about that. God Himself was in the flesh on earth, but He was an infant, entirely dependent upon His parents, completely defenseless physically. This is the child Isaiah calls Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. What an incredible image! God Himself not only came to earth to redeem His people, but He has a complete understanding of what it is like to live as a human, because He did so.
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