Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall
be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
In ancient days there was an expectation that Somone will one day
come, a Savior, to make right that which is wrong, and to make new
that which is old, and to reign as King in a way that beings justice to all.
When we look at the world today, we see people without hope,
without direction, without joy, without a Savior and righteous King.
There is so much wrong and sin in this world. We as humans are
groping in darkness, we have lost our way. You may have lost your way.
You may be hopeless and trapped in your own sin and wickedness. We
all need righteousness and counsel and power and peace in our lives.
But like a dog without a home, and a drunkard without direction and a
slave without freedom, we need a Savior who can give us what we
need: counsel, power to be free, and peace of mind for our troubled
consciences. 2000 years ago, a child was born in Bethlehem in Israel. A
child was born for us. A son was given, the Son of God. He was born of
the virgin Mary, and his Name was Jesus. He came to give us counsel,
He is the Counselor, He came to teach us the way to heaven. More than
a prophet He was, He was called Immanuel, God with us, or we can say,
Mighty God. He came to save us from our hopelessness and our sins.
He came to set us free from the reign of sin and what is wrong. He
came to die, for sinners like you and me, on a cross. He the Prince of
Peace and He came to reconcile us to the Everlasting Father. This
Christmas, don’t stay outside the blessing of God. Come home to God.
Come to Christ and let Him give you hope and make you new. That is
why He came. He is Wonderful because He is there to make us new. He
came to make right what is wrong. Come to Christ, and He will give you
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my
sake will find it. (Matthew
In our culture today we are told to make a name for ourselves. We are
trained and taught from our youth to become someone of significance,
to reach our full potential, to become a success. We are in short
encouraged to work hard and stand out from the crowd. We are in
encouraged to find ourselves. That is why many people travel to exotic
places, start new businesses, and embark on new careers. We are
encouraged to find ourselves and use people to get there.
Jesus said, “whoever finds his life, or himself, will lose it.” That is, if
your life revolve around yourself, your name, your brand, your success,
your potential, your possessions, even your family, you will lose it. And
that means you will lose it spiritually, eternally. He who lives for
himself, will go to hell, it is just as simple as that. Remember, this life is
not all there is. Man is appointed to die once, and then the judgement.
If you are self-centered you will lose your life, forever. But then, Jesus
says, whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The emphasis here
is, “for my sake”
We can paraphrase, he who lives not for himself, who is not self-
centred, he who lives for Christ, for his kingdom, for his glory, for his
Name, for his fame and his family, will find it. You will keep your life,
you will not be destroyed