For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Looking at Jesus, hours old in the manger, I’m not sure the shepherd thought to themselves, “look how mighty he is. This child will defeat our enemies and rule the world!” But that’s exactly what Jesus came to do. He had the ability to rule the world with strength and the power of the Heavenly armies. That might was within Him, but that wasn’t God’s plan for Jesus.
The Mighty God who was born in a stable in Bethlehem had the power to conquer sin and death. He had the power to be perfect, even deflecting the temptations of Satan when He could have called on the angels to save Him. It was a quiet strength that showed itself in love and acceptance. It was the strength to do what was right when everyone around Him chose what was wrong.
One of the most awesome parts of the Christmas story to me is that the same might that was born in Jesus is available to you and me!
Ephesians 6:10 tells us, “finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” The verses that follow tell us to put on the armor of God so that we can stand against the schemes of the evil one.
This armor is the protection born into Jesus that night in the manger.
As you go through your day and through the Christmas season think about tapping into the power provided by our Mighty God. Put on the belt of truth, to be ready to tell the truth of Jesus’ birth; fit your feet with the gospel of peace. Let the peace fill your heart and spread it to those around you.
You can do it through the power provided by the Mighty One!