«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).
All our hopes focus on the Savior. Hope for help in our daily struggles, because even if every day brings its own trouble (Matt. 6:34), there is also proof of a new rescue. Hope for health and relief from physical and mental suffering by following the principles of health while waiting for the glorious appearing of the son of God.
Hope for forgiveness, because every time we fail, we can look to Christ and have in His mercy. Hope of recovery, because in the face of conflicts and disruption, the presence of our Savior brings peace and harmony. Hope for justice from abuse and violence, and hope that the righteousness of Christ will be imputed to us at the final judgment. Hope for eternal life, because toward the end of our life, Christ can help us to rest in peace. Hope that He will not forget us and will come to rescue us just as He promised.
It is incredible how such a powerful Savior who is capable of providing assistance, health, forgiveness, recovery, peace, justice, and eternal life came to this world as a child. Far from bright and luxurious things, the King of heaven preferred to manifest Himself as a baby. But how few were those who recognized this gift! Barely some shepherds and three seekers of truth and knowledge who were guided by the angels were taken to the Prince of Life. And in the little one who rested «wrapped in swaddling clothes» and was «lying in a manager» (Luke 2:12) they were able to envisage the Redeemer of the world. What happened to the priests? Why was He not worshiped by the clergy of His time?
People in the world today, are no more prepared than those who received Jesus back then. They want a Savior to deliver them from all their problems, to fill them with blessings and to make them great and powerful, but they refuse to walk the path of poverty, rejection, and suffering that characterized the life of the child from Bethlehem.
The world is no more prepared today than it was back then to receive Christ. It is not willing to appreciate His character. It is not open to recognizing Him in the life of those who proclaim His name.
The point is to know whether we are ready to recognize Him ourselves. To focus all our hopes on Him, it’s so important to learn to identify Him! It’s so important to see Him in the people who suffer and are in need! It’s so important to place ourselves in the hands of God!
Will we set aside some time to meditate on these words today?