For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9: 6
As I began to prepare once again for the celebration of Christmas, I was worn to a frazzle. Life had been so full the prior weeks, and it seemed I was unable to think or move. As I poured out my heart’s cry to Father and Son, He met me. I began the study of the Christmas Story, and the precious Holy Spirit spoke at once: “Linda, do you realize how long I planned and prepared for the arrival of Jesus?” To be honest, I don’t think I’d ever taken time to study that particular point. He continued speaking, “You are attempting to forget the difficulties of life and even the loss of dreams and hopes through creating an atmosphere of delight and beauty of your own making. Linda, it is in these very real conditions of life that I chose to prepare for the arrival of My Son.”
Even before the conception of Jesus , the Father was preparing for His Son. Luke 1:1-25 gives us part one of this preparation. Zechariah and Elizabeth were both of the priestly line. The Word tells us “they were both righteous in the sight of God …”( Luke 1: 6). They were both at the temple; she with the multitude in prayer, Zechariah performing his priestly service before God. Few knew the hidden grief tucked inside their hearts: Elizabeth was barren and beyond the age of childbearing. By human standards, their situation was hopeless – they would never have the delight of giving birth to a child. But then, Zechariah got wonderful news: “Your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John…” (Luke 1:13). And so it was, Elizabeth became pregnant – the miraculous occurred.
Out of the Father’s Heart – the center of all – came LOVE! And out of His love came the source to prepare for, provide for, and present the arrival of His only begotten Son: the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit of the Father. And the instruments He chose for His preparation? A disappointed couple who lived in the hopelessness of human limitations, yet remained loyal to the presence and promises of Yahweh. A hopeless dream filled with the Holy Spirit would prepare the hearts of man for the coming of the Lord.
Remember this year as you prepare for the celebration of Christmas; In the limitations of humanity and the absoluteness of the Divine, God prepares to fulfill the arrival of His Son.