Feb 10, 2011 To Us a Son Has Been Given
Originally posted on December 1, 2006
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us.” Isaiah 9:6
To Us A Son Has Been Given
The prophecy of Isaiah that a son would be given to us was made 735 years before Jesus’ birth. After a long wait, Jesus was born. The gospel of Matthew reaches back to Isaiah’s prophecy to say that Jesus is the Son of promise (Matthew 1:21-23). From now on we can say the Son has been given.
What To Do With The Son
It is clear to me as I read the Bible that we are to respond to the Son God has given. Everything centers on the Son and the coming of the Son is the reality to be reckoned with. So, what do we do with Jesus?
I hope to answer this question in the Sunday sermons in December. Here’s a preview.
Kiss the Son (worship). “Do homage to the Son” (Psalm 2:12). This means to give the Son the kiss of love and loyalty. We are called to worship.
Conform to the Son (change). “Those whom He foreknew He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). This means we are to have our character conformed to that of Jesus. We are called to change.
Keep up with the Son (serve). “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). These words were spoken to the disciples as they lagged behind Jesus on the road to the cross. Jesus called the disciples to walk with Him and keep pace with His purpose. We are called to serve.
I pray that this Christmas we will respond to the call of the Son to worship, change, and serve.