Did you ever stop to define the word “us” in this famous verse from the book of Isaiah? There is a definite sense in which we can understand this concept in both an objective and subjective manner. Objectively, “us” can refer to all of us–to humanity. The world needed a savior. Jesus would be the all-sufficient Savior for every nation and tribe. Secondly, the word “us” in this passage can also refer to the people of God. Isaiah is writing generally to the nation of Israel, but specifically to the remnant within–those who genuinely believed in Jehovah. His words must have been so encouraging for the faithful! The world was to receive a Son. The same was true for believers but on a whole different level.
Charles Spurgeon has something important for us to hear about this subject. His words should be heeded this holiday season:
“Is it true that unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given? It is a fact that a child is born. Upon that I use no argument. We receive it as a fact, more fully established than any other fact in history, that the Son of God became man, was born at Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. It is a fact, too, that a Son is given. About that we have no question. The infidel may dispute, but we, professing to be believers in Scripture, receive it as an undeniable truth, that God has given his only begotten Son to be the Savior of men. But the matter of question is this: Is this child born to us? Is he given to us? This is the matter of anxious enquiry. Have we a personal interest in the child that was born at Bethlehem? Do we know that he is our Savior?—that he has brought glad tidings to us?—that to us he belongs? and that we belong to him? I say this is matter of very grave and solemn investigation.”
I would have to agree with Spurgeon. “This is a matter of very grave and solemn investigation.”
Are you a spectator or a participant in the Christmas story?
Think on it.