Daily Bread 12/22/2023


Daily Bread – December 22, 2023 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) Isaiah 9:6-7 – For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us, 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 His peace, there is no end, upon the throne of David and upon His Kingdom to order it and establish it in judgment and in righteousness from now and eternally forever. The zeal of YHWH of armies shall do this. Jesus was born for all of humanity. He left all of his glory and majesty to become a child for us. Because God so loved the world, He gave us a Son. When Jesus entered into the world, there was no room for Him among the crowds of busy people. When the angels of Heaven appeared to announce the single greatest event in the history of men, they did not come to the mighty of the Earth, but to the poor shepherds who quietly tended their flocks. The Dayspring from on High came to be a light to the gentiles and to be the glory of the people of Israel (Luke 1:74-78, 2:32). He has come to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death so all mankind might know the way of peace (Isaiah 9:2) . He came to deliver us out of the hand of our enemies so we might serve God in righteousness and holiness all the days of our lives (Luke 1:68-75)! His Name is wonderful in authority and power, and is the only Name given whereby men might be saved (Acts 4:12). And everyone who calls upon His Name will be saved (Romans 10:13; Acts 2:21). Every tongue shall confess and every knee shall bow before the wonderful Name of Jesus. The Name of Jesus is not just Wonderful, He Himself is a wonder beyond all human comprehension. He is the personification of Counsel, being the One Who has brought the answer to the need of every man. He is the Mighty God Who humbled Himself – being born of a virgin and fashioned in the likeness of sinful flesh. He has come as the Champion of man, the Hero of Heaven, and the One Who conquered death and hell – Jesus, the Mighty God. Jesus is Immanuel, Who is not only God with us, but God in us today (Colossians 1:27; John 14:23; 1 John 3:24, 4:4). Christ Jesus, Who is the Eternal Word, is also the Everlasting Father – though unique from His Father, yet One in majesty and glory (John 17:5, 21-23). As the provider of salvation and deliverance, He is a Father to the nations and to His people Israel (Isaiah 22:21; Psalms 72). And finally, He is the Prince of Peace! He is the One Who has come and imparted unto those who would receive Him the divine peace of the Holy Spirit. He has given a peace that goes far beyond world peace, or any peace that may be found in the world. He has given us an undiminishing peace that nothing can take away (John 14:27, 16:33; Isaiah 9:7). Until Jesus came, there was no peace. At His coming, the angels shouted, “Glory to God in the Highest – and on Earth, peace, good will towards men!” (Luke 2:10-14) Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen