The Son Is Given
Volume 3, Day 354
I love the music of Handel’s Messiah. One of my favourite bits is “For unto us a Child is born”. I especially love how the chorus rises to the phrase, “Unto us a Son is given”. Those words, of course, are taken from Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given”. Handel’s majestic music soars with praise for the Son who came to us in human flesh that first Christmas.
The New Testament clarifies even further who this Son is. In Luke 1 the angelic messenger appeared to Mary and identified the Christ-child in four ways. He would be the son of Mary, making Him fully human (1:31). He would be the Son of the Highest, which made Him fully God (1:32). He would also be the Son of David, giving Him royal lineage (1:32). And He would bear the title of Son of God (1:35), giving Him equality with the Father in all things. All of the roles the Messiah was called to fill are made possible in these explanations of His Sonship.
As we worship Him this Christmas, may our celebrations be filled with joy and wonder at the fullness of what it means. Our heavenly Father has given us His perfect, sufficient Son. O come, let us adore Him!