Gospel Matters: “A child is born for us”

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Gospel Matters: “A child is born for us”

Dr. Christine E. Wood, Director of the Office of Evangelisation & Catechesis

The Gospel for the world is that today “a child is born for us,” the Saviour who is Christ the Lord. Hearing this message every year, amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, means that it often loses its newness and attraction. So why is the Gospel such good news?

The Jewish people had long expected a Messiah to come who would restore the Kingdom of David, and liberate the people from oppression through a new Exodus event. The prophet Isaiah uttered hope for a child who would be born of a virgin, who would reign as King, and be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The Jews waited centuries for this King, all the while enduring exile from their Promised Land, and numerous hardships under the oppressive rule of foreign powers.

Imagine the delight when the shepherds who watched their flock by night were overcome by the vision of an angel bearing the message: “today in the city of David a saviour has been born for you who is Christ and Lord…. you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Then they witnessed the heavenly choir of angels singing God’s praises: “Glory to God in the highest…”

This message of a newborn child in the city of David, a child who was the Anointed One (Christ) and Lord, was a message of great hope. Could it be that this was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy long ago? Could it be that God would finally restore the Kingdom of Israel?

Indeed, this was the time that God had chosen to definitively enter into human history bringing salvation to his people. Not only would this newborn child be the heir of David’s throne, but this child would also be “Mighty God, Everlasting Father.”

This child would be the fulfillment of David’s son, Solomon, who was the great peace-maker and who was filled with wisdom to counsel his people. Jesus Christ is “Prince of Peace” for he reconciles the world to God. Jesus Christ is “Wonderful Counselor” for he is the Wisdom of God the Father, the Teacher of teachers.

This Christmas let’s regather our hearts and minds to focus on the mystery of Christ coming to dwell amongst us. He brings peace if we make room for him in our lives. He counsels us if we listen to his word. And he is Mighty God, whom we must worship with our whole being.