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Weekly Devotionals

Advent in Scripture

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 – Isaiah 9:6

During this advent season, we usually read and hear the same verses surrounding the Christmas story. We hear these verses that are associated with Christmas so often that their significance can be lost on us. The significance of this verse didn’t really hit me until one year in college when I was studying Islam.

A common argument in the Qur’an, and from Islamic apologists in general, is that the Christian Scriptures have been corrupted, and Jesus never claimed to be God. In the Islamic point of view, God could never become a human, and never said that He would. I considered this as a possibility for a while, until I re-read this verse in Isaiah.

Scholars debate when Isaiah was written, or if it was written by just one prophet, but the beginning section of Isaiah is considered to be the earliest written part, perhaps from 700 B.C. A complete scroll of Isaiah was found with the Dead Sea Scrolls which is estimated to be from around 300 B.C.

The mention of a child being God is thus proven to exist at least 300 years before Jesus came, and more likely to be 700 years before His birth (and 900-1100 years before Muhammad lived). It has been God’s long proclaimed plan for a Son to be given to us; a Son whose names would include “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.

As you read and listen to the scriptures this Advent season, listen with fresh ears. The Christmas Story is found all over scripture; we just need to have open eyes to see God’s plan in action. Allow the living Word to pierce your heart and mind, and receive a fresh revelation for today.