The birth of a child is a miraculous, life-changing event. At the same time, births happen every day, all over the world. They have since the beginning of time.
One birth, however, was miraculous on a scale that the world had never seen before and hasn’t seen since. Although many miracles surrounded the birth of Jesus, this verse from Isaiah points to an aspect of His birth that is unique to Him alone.
A child is born.In Hebrew, child is yeled which means “child, son, boy, offspring, youth.” Yeled is derived from the word yalad which also happens to be the verb translated “is born” in this verse. Yalad means “to bear, bring forth, beget, gender, travail.” This word can be used not only to bear or bring forth a child but also to bring forth distress, wickedness, or iniquity. Jesus was not born in iniquity, but for every other human born since Cain and Abel, when a child is born, although they look so sweet and innocent, they are sinful from birth.
Although sinless, Jesus was born fully human. He was born as a child. The child was born to us.
A great miracle occurs in the next sentence of the verse. Do you see it? A Son is given. It doesn’t say a son is born. It says a Son is given. Whose son? The Son of God. As the Son of God, He is fully God and fully one with God the Father.
A Son is given.
“I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
“I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (John 14:11).
“He who hates me hates my Father as well” (John 15:23).
“All that belongs to the Father is mine” (John 16:15).
God the Father gave His Son to us. He did so to redeem us and enable us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
Jesus Christ - completely human and completely God. One of the greatest Christmas miracles.