Jesus Is the Reason for the Season :: by Greg May

“For unto 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).

God announced through Isaiah He was sending His Son seven hundred years before Jesus was born. God wants us to know these four titles about His only begotten Son: Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father and He is the Prince of Peace.

Two thousand years after His birth these titles still ring true of Jesus today. As for Wonderful Counselor, Jesus is all-knowing. He knows our hearts, our weaknesses and fears. He also knows our deepest, darkest secrets. But He can forgive us of our secret sins.

He is the Light when shined into the darkest chambers of our hearts we are forgiven and renewed. And He is Truth. The wisdom Jesus has is because He is God.

“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His” (Job 12:13).

That baby swaddled and placed in a manger was Almighty Mighty God; Jesus parted the Red Sea and said, “Let there be light” because Jesus is God.

“I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

The place where Mary and Joseph laid baby Jesus was a Kingdom outpost – the pioneer of everlasting life had arrived! The broken world had long been pining for peace . Jesus is not just the Prince of Peace – He is the King of Peace.

When we submit to Jesus only then can we receive the gift of peace.

This Christmas let’s reflect upon what Jesus did in order that we can have everlasting life with God as well as have life and more abundantly here on earth as we eagerly await His return.

In this Scripture we see three powerful truths about God: He is giving, He is love and His desire is for our salvation:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

God sacrificed His only begotten Son in order to accept us as His children. God loves because it is his nature to love, but only those who respond to His love will be able to spend eternity with Him in His kingdom. Those who reject God’s invitation to salvation will not have everlasting life with Him.

Some people believe they can work their way into heaven by doing good works; only those who ask and receive the gift of everlasting life will be able to spend eternity in the kingdom of God – and that is the greatest gift of all!

Dr. Michael Youssef of Leading the Way ministries recently wrote: “Now, more than any other time in history, we need to be equipped to stand for the truth that ‘there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’” (Acts 4:12)

Standing for Jesus must be our priority in these last days as we eagerly await the return of the Son of Man.

I cannot watch “The Passion of Christ.” I cannot bear to see Jesus being whipped, beaten and nailed to that cross. Remember the song, “He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels?”

Jesus had the power and authority to call ten million angels to rescue Him from His predicament at Calvary. He could have sent those iron spikes that were so brutally hammered into His wrists and feet into the eyes of those Roman soldiers that were torturing Him. But He didn’t . . . He went through the pain, agony and humiliation and do you know why?

Because He couldn’t bear the thought of spending eternity without you!