It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
In 1963 Andy Williams recorded a Christmas song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, which has remained popular ever since. The song speaks of kids jingle belling, people being of good cheer, friends coming to call, much mistletoeing, telling tales of glories of Christmases long ago. There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow. It’s the happiest season of all. It is the most wonderful time of the year.
For Christians what makes Advent and Christmas the most wonderful time of the year is celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose name is Wonderful, Wonderful Counselor. Not merely is Jesus wonderful but He is Himself a Wonder through and through. The Messiah is not merely some one who is extraordinary, but as One who in His very person and being is a Wonder: He is that which surpasses human thought and power; He is God Himself. This Child who is born for us is Wonder.
Jesus Christ is a Wonder because He did what nobody else could do. He left heaven, was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life and died in order to pay the penalty for our wickedness and to make it possible for us to have blessed fellowship with our Creator.
Jesus Christ is called Wonderful Counselor. To sit upon the throne of David as Messianic King requires wisdom such as no mere human being can possess. The Counselor Himself must for that reason be a Wonder in order that He may establish and administer His kingdom. This Wonderful Counselor is properly equipped to redeem and to rule over His people.
The Advent and Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year because Christians celebrate the birth of the Wonderful Counselor, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Redeemer of humankind. It is the most wonderful time of the year because we acknowledge the fact that the Wonderful Counselor, God Himself, has left His throne in glory and came to be with us. Immanuel, God with us. It is the most wonderful time of the year because Jesus Christ, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace has come to save His people and to dwell among His people.
Have a wonderful season of Advent and a Wonderful time at Christmas, celebrating the birth of the Wonderful Counselor. Joy to the World. The Lord has Come. Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room. And heaven and nature sing.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year,
Pastor and Jean Chaya