We hear the whisper of Christmas come to full bloom in the prophetic preaching of Isaiah. Under the maniacal chaos looming on the horizon, God whispered the coming of Christmas.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14, NKJV)
Isaiah heard God’s whisper of Christmas when he proclaimed that a great light would shine against the backdrop of darkness (Isaiah 9:2). Before Christ came, the world was covered in the deep darkness of hopeless living under the chilly veil of death’s shadows. The coming of Christ at Christmas would deliver the abundance of joy.
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. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7, NKJV)
Jesus Christ, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Immanuel, Savior, was born and His coming offers victory to us and to the world! Because of Christ at Christmas, we have a “new song” of victory. God has moved in a miraculous way to set His favor on us. So, sing and dance for the victory is ours. Jesus is born. God has come!
Jesus transforms our lives from the dreary image of a world in darkness to a lively dance of victory. The King of Christmas, Jesus Christ, brings joy to our hearts. He shines the glory of God’s favor and salvation on us.
Hear the whisper of Christmas in full bloom! Isaiah comes to the end of his life with words of hope for God’s people and for the world. These words come to us in Isaiah 61:1-3. No longer words of Isaiah proclaimed to the people, these are the very words of the Messiah, Jesus Christ Himself, declaring His commitment to fulfill God’s promise of victorious grace. These words are Christ’s telling of the Christmas story.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3, NKJV; Luke 4:17-21)
As we listen to the Christmas story through the words of Jesus, I pray that God’s whisper might become the resounding shout of victory in our souls, for Jesus Christ has come to fulfill God’s ancient purpose of grace in our lives. He has come to set our lives right. When Christ was born in Bethlehem, all creation resounded with the ringing cry of God’s glorious grace invading the evening in unprecedented ways.