For Unto Us a Child is Born

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Throughout the Old Testament we see Israel continuing to disobey God and not live as His chosen nation. Israel suffered under the oppression of other nations because of their sin. The prophets passionately pleaded that they repent, prophesied of the punishment they would receive, but they would also prophesy the future when a Child would be born that be their perfect King and Deliverer.

This was Israel’s hope.

In the gospels we clearly see Jesus fulfill a multitude of the Old Testmanet prophesies of a Messiah.

Isaiah 9:6, “For unto 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. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

Isaiah 53:5,6, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chatisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.

Song of the Day:

For Unto Us a Child is Born
performed by London Symphony Orchestra
written by Handel in 1741

*background on Handel’s Messiah*
“Handel, upon reading these Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments (compiled by a friend) (August, 1741) was overcome by their power. The music began dancing and exploding within him. He immediately shut himself in and worked night and day, often forgetting to eat. The servants could, from time to time, hear his sobs as he labored over the inspired text. He finished the original libretto and score in twenty-four days. A complete musical performance requires nearly three hours; the Scripture texts, thirty minutes.” (1)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given,
And the government shall be upon His shoulder;
And His name shall be called
Wonderful,
Counsellor,
The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.

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