For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

From the middle of the history of people’s relationship with our God, comes this future looking statement of truth. Despite repressive and oppressive governments, undiminished by the inhuman cruelty of some people toward others, and in complete disregard for all of our individual and corporate bad deeds and hateful attitudes, God has always had a plan that leads to the total restoration of anyone who desires it and that will culminate in the restoration of His created perfect world.

Jesus was made necessary because of our self-centered, willful, deceitful, and destructive behaviors; thus, the Son of God, the perfect lamb, was given to everyone; it is up to each individual person to decide if we will accept the gift, and it is up to each of us to determine how much of ourselves we will surrender to the transformational influence of the Spirit of God. In Christ there is the total package of all that anyone needs in order to live life in a manner that brings joy, peace, and freedom in everlasting abundance; so, we are all challenged with the question of our own willingness to accept the gift, the openness of our hearts to the giver, and acceptance of the new life direction that He calls us to pursue.

Each step along the journey of life involves decisions, and each day requires that we determine to seek and to listen to the voice of Christ as He continues to make Himself totally available and always provides clearly stated truth to follow. There is no one else who will stay with me absolutely regardless of what is happening in my heart, my mind, or in my life. Jesus, the Christ, is the son who was born specifically for me, and He is the gift that God provided to satisfy every real need that I will ever have.

Merry Christmas