The Gospel brings joy. Those who have joy, must expect to go through hard work, as the husbandman, before he has the joy of harvest, and hard conflict, as the soldier, before he divides the spoil.
The Jews were delivered from the yoke of many oppressors, this was a shadow of the believer’s deliverance from the yoke of satan. The cleansing the souls of believers from the power and pollution of sins, would be by the influence of the Holy Spirit, as purifying fire. This great things for the Church, shall be done by the Messiah: Emmanuel!
The Child is born: It was certain; and the Church, before Christ came in the flesh, benefited by his undertaking. It is a prophecy of Him and of his Kingdom, which those that waited for the consolation of Israel read with pleasure. This child was born, for the benefit of us men, of us sinners, of all believers from the beginning to the end of the world – Isaiah 9: 6-7 ” For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him wonder-counselor, God-hero, Father-forever, prince of peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful…”
To what earthly King or Kingdom can these words apply? Given then, O Lord, to your people to know you by every endearing name, and in every glorious character. Give increase of grace in every heart of your redeemed upon earth.
GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON THE EARTH, PEACE TO THOSE ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS.