“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” Isaiah 9:6a
In the movie The Lion King it was Simba. In the TV show The Walking Dead it was Judith. In the novel Harry Potter it was Harry Potter himself. Each of these examples from pop culture include a symbol of hope, a symbol of promise, and that symbol is a baby. Babies are signs that there is a future. Babies signify that, no matter how bad things are now, there is the potential for change in the world through this new, little life.
All those stories from pop culture are just a shadow or echo of the truest story of all, the gospel. Right at the heart of the gospel story is a baby. This baby demonstrates that God has not given up on the world. Despite how dark and sinful things may have become, God is not finished working out his plans for redemption and salvation in our world.
In Isaiah 9, the Israelites are receiving the prophecy concerning Assyria’s destruction of Judah. There was temptation to despair; there were many signs of impending doom. But in the fullness of time, when another empire had taken over Judah (the Roman’s), another child was born; another son was given. One who would save them not just from political oppression but also from their sins.
Father, thank you for the eternal sign of hope that is Christ’s birth. In that little child rests, all my hope that you have not forsaken me. In fact, you love me and accept me through him. Thank you, Father. Amen.
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