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November 28, 2021 | Ed Stetzer
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“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”—Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
There’s no denying that a smartphone is a helpful tool. I don’t believe there’s a single person alive that wouldn’t benefit in some way from having a smartphone. Similarly, fire is beneficial for all of mankind—heat, cooking, fuel. You name it, fire provides it!
There are various products and resources in this world that were created for everyone, to make everyone’s life infinitely better. In the same way, the story of Christmas is for everyone! Regardless of who you are, what you’ve done, or where you come from, the Christmas story can transform anyone and everyone. It can change who you are and where you’re going. It has the power to bring peace, hope, joy, love, and fulfillment. Why? Because it’s the story of how Jesus, the Son of God, came to save us all (John 3:16, 36, 6:40, 11:25).
Over 700 years before He was born, the prophet Isaiah foretold of Jesus’ coming to the people of Israel. Isaiah was given a vision of prophetic insight where he was shown that man’s hope and future does not rest in himself, but in the Son who would be given—offered by the Father as a ransom for many (Isaiah 53). This Child is everything we need, everything we desire, and everything we could ever hope for.
How so? Isaiah breaks it down:
Proverbs 2:6–7 (NLT) says, “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.” He’s our source for all wisdom and understanding! He leads us into right paths and teaches us how to live a life of meaning and fulfillment. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He understands us! Having lived fully human, He knows what it’s like to walk in our shoes. Hebrews 4:15 (NIV) reminds us, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”
“All power is his for ever and ever” (1 Peter 5:11 PHILLIPS). Strength, power, courage, and perseverance all come from Him. And the Word constantly reminds us that His power is available to all who look to Him! Psalm 46:1 (NIV) declares, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble,” while Philippians 4:13 (CEV) reminds us, “Christ gives me the strength to face anything.” In 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV), He assures us, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Our Savior is one with the Father and our way to the Father. In John 14:9 (NIV), He declared, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” Hebrews 1:3 (NIV) so eloquently describes Him this way: “The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” He goes before you, friends, and He’ll always be with you. He’s the Father of all believers (John 8:58), the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Prince of Peace
Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father by bridging the gap and paying the price for our sins. And before returning to heaven He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27 NIV). His peace, which surpasses understanding, has the power to guard us and give us hope, assurance, and rest. He invites us to come to Him for rest (1 Peter 5:7).
Friends, there’s not a single thing you need or want that Christ Jesus doesn’t offer. There’s not a single thing in all eternity that a relationship with Jesus doesn’t provide for everyone. His power, wisdom, peace, love, grace, compassion, kindness, mercy, and strength is for all of us. They’re available to all who would receive Him. Every promise, every blessing, every good and perfect gift . . . it’s all for you!
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.